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New York City was paralyzed during the winter storm, and locals were told to stay off the streets.

The much-feared Nor’easter that came zooming in to America’s Eastern Seaboard early Tuesday morning, Winter Storm Stella didn’t drop nearly as much snow on the tri-state New York-New Jersey-Connecticut region as forecasters had feared.

But the precipitation that did was blown across the skies, and got dropped was freezing cold, heavy, messy, gloppy.

The Brooklyn Bridge and the East River during a winter storm from the Manhattan shoreline.
The Brooklyn Bridge and the East River during a winter storm from the Manhattan shoreline.
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It came rushing down in a steady stream for most of the day from Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania east to to coast and north to Massachusetts. Power was lost in some rural areas.

In the New York area, Brooklynites who had to be outside for any reason battled against hail the size of small marbles. Snow turned to sleet and eventually freezing rain.

Winter storm Stella dropped six inches of snow and sleet in Brooklyn and Manhattan, more in upstate New York.
Winter storm Stella dropped six inches of snow and sleet in Brooklyn and Manhattan, more in upstate New York.

A total accumulation of about six inches on the ground in Brooklyn (7.6 inches in Central Park) was comprised of snow and slush; pre-salting and plowing helped keep the main roads clear, along with states of emergency and strong warnings from government personnel, urging New Yorkers to stay off the streets.

Upstate New York saw accumulations as high as 30 inches of snow.

Thousands of flights across the country were canceled, including more than four thousand in the New York area alone. Cancelations have continued throughout Tuesday night, and into Wednesday. Travelers are urged to contact their airlines and airports before setting out for the airport if they are scheduled to fly anywhere.

Some schools have again canceled classes for Wednesday, but New York City schools are open. Temperatures are expected to hover around the freezing mark, with snow flurries in the afternoon, continuing into the evening hours.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.
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