The East Coast is currently being hammered with snow by the massive nor’easter Stella. More than a foot of snow has fallen and more is expected to come. 7,800 U.S. fights have been canceled, Amtrak has suspended service between NYC and Boston, thousands of schools are closed, roads are shut down, and almost 100,000 citizens have lost power.
Blizzard warnings are in effect in Pennsylvania, New York, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New Jersey, and other coastal states affecting around 18 million people. New York City is expected to receive a heavy battering with up to 18 inches expected and 55 mph winds.
Andrew Cuomo, New York Governor, declared a state of emergency for the entire state of New York. According to Tom Wolf, Pennsylvania Governor, about 700 national guard members will be deployed during the storm along with 2,000 snowplows. New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Maryland are currently in a state of emergency.
Snow is expected to fall at a rate of one to four inches per hour. Sleet and freezing rain are also expected to have an impact on travel.
Stella has already moved through the Midwest. Two men in Wisconsin lost their lives in weather-related incidents. If you are in any of the areas affected by Stella, stay safe, stay inside, and stay warm.