Blizzard Warning for NYC region
- Author: Larry Hoffman Mar 15, 2017,
Mar 15, 2017, 15:09
More cancellations are anticipated ahead of Winter Storm Stella, which is expected to hit the Northeast on Tuesday. Schools and businesses closed and thousands of flights were canceled. The energy from the first will feed the second as it grows in strength, creating a nor'easter.
"The DC Government is utilizing every resource to prepare for forecasted snowfall in the coming days", said Mayor Muriel Bowser.
A snow-plow driver was killed after colliding with an Amtrak snow-plowing train while it crossed the tracks to clear 12 to 15 inches of snowfall in MA.
The latest forecast also increased the strength of winds during the storm.
Spring's official start may be just six days away, but it certainly feels like mid-winter in the Northeast. "We thought we could get out of the winter without this, but that's not going to happen".
The cold that dropped into the region pushed April natural gas contracts up. Snow continues, but lighter over central and western Mass and southern New Hampshire. Spot on-peak electric prices for the New England hub, serving Boston, had reached $89.92 per megawatt-hour, heading toward the highest daily average since December 20.
The 16-year-old daughter of a Gilford police dispatcher in Wisconsin died in a weather-related vehicle crash; officials said the town was experiencing whiteout conditions.
The MBTA is operating on a normal weekday schedule for now, but that could change once the snow picks up. In the map above, the red area is the blizzard zone; in the pink area, a winter storm watch is in effect. The New York Metropolitan Transit Authority suspended above ground trains at 4 a.m. Tuesday and Metro North stopped service at noon.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that his state is stockpiling sandbags, generators and pumps and will deploy them and additional personnel as needed.
President Donald Trump's meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been postponed from Tuesday until Friday due to the storm. 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. Gusts of 50 to 60 miles per hour are likely in the region.
In Maine, 18 to 24 inches of snow is expected to accumulate before the storm's end in Portland, while interior areas of the state including Sanford and Hollis could see between 18 and 24 inches of snow, National Weather Service Gray office corespondent Tom Hawley warned residents. Both the morning and afternoon commutes will be disrupted.