March winter storm has western Mass. residents making preparations

  • March winter storm has western Mass. residents making preparations

March winter storm has western Mass. residents making preparations

The National Weather Service's Upton office issued the blizzard warning for all of the Island except for the East End, beginning midnight Monday through midnight Tuesday. In DC, residents are told to expect up to 10 inches Tuesday night while the NY tri-state area has been warned to anticipate over a foot.

New York City issued a hazardous travel advisory for Tuesday - expecting snowfall rates of up to 2 to 4 inches per hour Tuesday morning and afternoon, with strong gusts and temperatures in the upper 20s.

The nor'easter, dubbed Winter Storm Stella, could bring up to 18 inches of snow from Washington DC to Maine.

The New York Post reports that more than 450 flights in and out of John F. Kennedy International Airport have been called off, along with 522 at LaGuardia airport, and a whopping 835 from Newark Liberty International Airport.

- Schools are closed in Philadelphia, New York City, Boston.

Hundreds of flights were canceled in the Washington D.C. area because of Winter Storm Stella. That's on top of 1,658 flights canceled Monday.

Portions of eight states in the Northeast, including New York City, are now under blizzard watches and many more in the mid-Atlantic region, including Washington, D.C., are under winter storm warnings.

The powerful Nor'easter was forecast to dump a total of 1 to 2 feet in the tri-state area, and wind gusts were expected to be as high as 50 miles per hour Tuesday.

"This is a serious winter storm", Hogan said, adding that some parts of the state could see 12 to 18 inches of snow.

Light snow is expected to begin late tonight and intensify overnight into tomorrow morning. "There's actually more in the Hudson Valley and western part of the state".

Southern portions of Minnesota got more than 9 inches of snow in some areas.

But the city, which was predicting on Monday up to 2 feet of snow from the blizzard, lowered its expectations Tuesday to a more manageable half a foot or so. Wolf said an emergency declaration hasn't been issued but could be if the situation warrants one, and travel restrictions may also be put in place Monday evening into Tuesday if that is needed to minimize unsafe travel.

The snowfall is expected to gradually wind down in Greater Boston starting around 7 p.m., but commuters should expect their travel home to be even worse than the morning with less visibility on the roads, Simpson said.