Winter Storm Stella Pummels Northeast With Snow

Authorities issued blizzard warnings as Winter Storm Stella began to drape snow across the northeast

A man walks in Central Park as snow falls in New York — REUTERS
Mar 14, 2017 at 6:12 AM ET

Winter Storm Stella is poised to dump more than a foot of snow on wide areas of the northeast, prompting authorities to issue blizzard warnings in areas stretching from Maine to Pennsylvania on Tuesday. The storm, considered one of the biggest March snowstorms ever, inspired late night social media imagery, as many posted serene scenes of snowfall before it inevitably turns into the gray slush commuters will have to contend with.

Vocativ found stunning images on Instagram uploaded in the middle of the night, including haunting shots of empty New York City streets. Snow is expected to continue falling in parts of the northeast through Wednesday, with many schools and offices closed on Tuesday.


My front porch view. Stella has arrived! ❄ 💨 ❄ A post shared by 🌺 Proud Mom and Wife 🌺 (@palisades2014) on


The sound of sirens #stella A post shared by David Watts (@davidwatts1978) on

Major travel disruptions are expected for those flying or driving on Tuesday, with the National Weather Service warning that snow will “make many roads impassable and may produce widespread power outages due to the weight of the snow on tree limbs and power lines.” The NWS advises residents in affected areas not travel if  possible, warning that travel conditions are “extremely dangerous.”

If meteorologists are correct, and the storm hits 20 inches of snowfall in New York City, it would make Stella the second largest March snowstorm since 1888.