Midwest and Northeast U.S. Winterstorm Stella (Mar 2017)

A winterstorm, named Stella by The Weather Channel, affected the Midwest and Northeast U.S. from Monday 13 March to Wednesday 15 March. New York and New Jersey declared states of emergency; Connecticut declared a civil preparedness emergency; Boston, Massachusetts declared a snow emergency; and Pennsylvania declared a proclamation of disaster . Less snow than forecasted fell in the coastal cities of Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and New York City because the rain/snow line shifted farther west than expected, resulting in mixed snow and sleet falling in these areas, reducing accumulations. Inland areas of Northeast U.S. were most affected by snow with the deepest snow depth reported totalling 41 in (104 cm) in Bridgewater, NY, 20 mi (32 km) south of Utica, New York. Ilion, New York, 13 mi (21 km) east of Utica, reported the heaviest snowfall rate of 7 in (18 cm) in one hour on Tuesday 14 March . Wind gusts of up to 79 mph (127 kph) were reported in Wellfleet, Cape Cod, Massachusetts . Local NWS spotters reported downed trees causing damage to houses in coastal MA. 2 homes under construction in Far Rockaway, Queens, New York City collapsed due to wind. A wind turbine was also damaged by wind in Narragansett, Rhode Island. Moderate coastal flooding on roads with possible minor to moderate property damage was reported by local media along coastal New Jersey, particularly in Atlantic City. Tide level was 7.8 ft (2.38 m) in Atlantic City, just below major flood stage of 8 ft (2.44 m). Atlantic City Fire Department reported multiple high water rescues for stranded motorists. Hoboken Terminal in New Jersey was flooded at high tide. When waters receded, slushy snow was left behind, which was expected to freeze overnight Tuesday March 14. 4 deaths were reported in association with the storm . Nearly 1.5 million customers were without power due to winterstorm Stella. 1.1 million of those were in Michigan, 60,000 in Massachusetts and 3,500 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania . FlightAware reported nearly 8,000 cancelled flights on Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 March. Amtrak trains, NYC subway, and the D.C. Metro ran a suspended service on Tuesday March 14 . Travel restrictions were in place in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and New Jersey. Roads in Pennsylvania were closed due to avalanches in Luzerne and Wyoming counties. There were no reports of damages due to the avalanches. Schools and businesses were closed across the Northeast U.S.. Meteorological Observations. Stella was officially a weather bomb, characterized by a rapid drop in atmospheric pressure (24 millibar drop in 24 hours). Deepest snow depths reported were 41 inches in Bridgewater, New York, 34 inches in Leonardsville, New York, 30 inches in Damascus, Pennsylvania, and 28.8 inches in Binghampton, New York. The heaviest snowfall rates were 7 inches of snow in one hour in Ilion, New York, 5 inches of snow in one hour in Burlington, Vermont and 4.5 inches in one hour in Highland Lakes, New Jersey. . Wind gusts of up to 79 mph (127 kph) were reported along coastal Massachusetts with high winds also reported along the coast in New York, New Jersey, and Delaware. Forecast. Snow showers are expected through Wednesday March 15 for parts of New England. Lake-effect snow is expected in upstate NY and western New England on Wednesday March 15.

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