A fierce winter storm slammed the northeastern United States early Tuesday, causing thousands of flight cancellations, school closures and public transportation delays, with an estimated 50 million people under storm or blizzard warnings and watches.

More than 120,000 people in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast lost power, reported The Associated Press.

The National Weather Service issued blizzard warnings for parts of New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island, Vermont. Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, and temperatures across the region could drop 15 to 30 degrees below normal.

The powerful storm was initially expected to drop 12-18 inches in the New York metropolitan but by 8:30 am Tuesday, the weather service had lifted blizzard warnings for New York City, Long Island, coastal Connecticut and portions of New Jersey.

Still, blizzard conditions are anticipated further inland, with 18 to 24 inches of snow expected in large regions of Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey.

At least 5,400 flights scheduled for Tuesday and 650 flights scheduled for Wednesday have been cancelled. Amtrak also has also cancelled or modified train service up and down the north-east corridor.

The weather service is still calling the storm “life-threatening” and warning people to “shelter in place”. Motorists are being urged to stay off the roads.

If you’re among the tens of millions of people living through the effects of Stella, you’re likely not going anywhere today. The New York Times has prepared a stay well-fed, well-read, entertained guide for all. Stay warm and safe.


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