Blizzard warning issued as winter storm Stella gears up

  • Blizzard warning issued as winter storm Stella gears up

Blizzard warning issued as winter storm Stella gears up

The Capitol, which has a reputation for handling winter weather poorly, is expected to get more than five inches of snow, while Philadelphia, New York City, Boston, and others could see more than a foot. Widespread heavy snow is expected to fall until 10 a.m., at a rate of 1-3 inches per hour.

"Strong winds gusting 40-50 miles per hour may cause blizzard conditions along portions of coastal New England", NWS advised on its website Sunday.

The heaviest snow is expected to arrive Monday evening and will begin to taper off Tuesday afternoon.

Stella is a "life-threatening" nor'easter storm which will bring blizzard conditions to NY and the east coast of the US.

Southern portions of Minnesota got more than 9 inches of snow in some areas. Areas to the east and south will see mostly a rain and snow mix.

On Long Island, a snowfall of 12in to 18in was forecast along with equally strong winds and visibility of a quarter mile or less. Think of it like the "eye of the storm" but for snow. Districts in Boston, Fairfax County, Virginia, and Philadelphia were also shut. Snow emergencies have been declared in several cities, including Lancaster, Harrisburg, York and Lebanon.

According to CNN's weather center, the heaviest snowfall is expected to taper off by 9 a.m., but warmer temperatures may turn that snow into sleet, creating unsafe conditions to walk or drive in.

The Suffolk County website has been updated with public information for emergencies to provide updates and contact information for residents.

Blizzard warnings are still in effect in most of northern New Jersey until 6 p.m., but blizzard warnings have been downgraded to winter storm warnings in Mercer, Middlesex and Monmouth, as well as in eastern Bergen, eastern Essex and eastern Union.

Along the New Jersey Coast, high winds pushed ocean water into neighborhoods, resulting in coastal flooding and beach erosion. The airlines are still assessing their storm plans and expect this to be largely a one day event, but some delays and cancelations could linger into Wednesday in hard-hit areas.

Nocera said that "traveling is going to be nearly impossible" from 10 or 11 a.m. until about 2 p.m.