Winter Storm Stella is expected to hit the northeast this Monday night with potentially the largest snowfall of the year. This mega snowstorm is likely to last well into Tuesday, and will effect eight states along the east coast.
A nor’easter is forming in the Carolina and heading north. Roughly 19 million people will live in areas that have a blizzard warning in place. Blizzard warnings have been sent out in New York City, northern New Jersey, southern Connecticut, northern Rhode Island, southeastern New Hampshire, southern Maine, and western/central Massachusetts.
Meanwhile in Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Wolfe signed a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency and announced travel restrictions. “It looks like we’re really going to get hit hard in just about every part of Pennsylvania,” said Wolfe in a press conference earlier today. Similarly, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie declared a state of emergency for New Jersey.
A lot of snow may be coming your way! The storm will stretch from the northeast to the Midwest. Some places in the northeast will be covered in more than a foot of snow!
Winter Storm Stella 2017 Forecast
On Monday night, snow will first begin to fall in the mid-Atlantic region, in cities such as Baltimore, Washington DC, and Philadelphia. By late Monday night or early Tuesday morning, you’re likely to see snow develop in New York City and southern New England.
You probably won’t see the wrath of Stella until Tuesday. During the daytime hours, large mounds of snow is expected to fall upon the northeast. The coastal areas are likely to be hit the worst, with (near) blizzard conditions prevailing over the area. Strong wind gusts as high as 40 or 50 mph is also expected on Tuesday. These heavy winds couple with heavy snowfall can cause power outages and tree damage.
The storm will likely persist in much of New England throughout Tuesday night. Light snowfall will pervade further south of New England. The worst of the storm will be over, and by Wednesday, light snowfall will cover the northeast.
By Thursday, Stella will be gone, but the freezing cold will remain. Be careful while traveling on roads, as they may still be icy from Winter Storm Stella.
How Much Snow Will There Be?
The amount of snow will vary from city to city and region to region. Boston and New York City are both expected to receive 12-18 inches of snow. Other cities that may face up to a foot of snow are Portland, Scranton, Albany, Worcester, and Hartford.
New Jersey is expecting anywhere from 4-24 inches of snow. As a result of this uncertain forecast, the New Jersey Governor declared a state of emergency, and the National Weather Service issued a blizzard warning in the following 13 counties: Sussex, Warren, Morris, Passaic, Bergen, Hudson, Hunterdon, Essex, Union, Somerset, Middlesex, Monmouth, and Mercer.
Baltimore, Maryland may be facing 6-10 inches of snow. Meanwhile, Washington DC may be looking at 4-8 inches.
The snow may suck, but the wind will be even worse. During Monday night through Tuesday, 50 mph winds will sweep through areas with heavy snowfall. If you’re city is facing a blizzard or near blizzard conditions, expect intense 50 mph winds to zip though your area.
What More Can I Expect From Winter Storm Stella?
Meteorologists are calling Winter Storm Stella a “weather bomb.” That sounds pretty scary, huh?
But before Stella becomes a “weather bomb.” First, she undergoes a two-part process called “bombogenesis.” The storm moves out over the ocean, and then the center of the storm quickly becomes ultra-intense. This turns into a weather bomb, which can lead to hurricane force winds in areas effected by the snowstorm.