As predicted and estimated by the US forecasters, a strong winter storm developed in the Northeast. The storm Stella pounded the mid-Atlantic and the Northeast early Tuesday, prompting flight cancellations, school closures and warnings from city and state officials to stay off the roads.
It was expected to dump 12 to 18 inches of snow on the New York City metro area with wind gusts of up to 55 mph. Coastal flood warnings were in effect from Massachusetts to Delaware and the weather service's office near Philadelphia called the storm "life-threatening." Blizzard warnings were issued for parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont. More than 5,000 flights Tuesday were canceled, including more than 2,800 in the New York City area. Schools in New York City, Philadelphia, Boston and elsewhere were all closed Tuesday. The scheduled meeting between President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been postponed until March 17.
The original forecast was not entirely confirmed. The storm brought only seven inches of snow to New York City, far less than expected. By midafternoon, much of the precipitation had fallen in the form of sleet and freezing rain. But more than 200,000 homes lost power across the Northeast. Limited Metro-North trains service and subways train services were restored after some hours. Bridges and tunnels remained open. In the Northeast’s interior, from Pennsylvania to Massachusetts, the snow hit much harder: 30 inches in Damascus in Pennsylvania’s northeastern corner; 26 inches in Dutchess County, New York; blizzard conditions in Albany and in Worcester, Mass., where over a foot of snow fell. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city's schools would reopen Wednesday. Boston schools will remain closed. Many transportation services remain suspended. Snow removal costs from winter storm Stella in New York was estimated to reach $23.9 million to $35.9 million.