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.
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.
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.
30 inches of snow in Liberty, New York
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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.