Winter returns as storms lash northeast US

Winter returns as storms lash northeast US

The powerful northeaster grounded more than 5,000 flights, knocked out power to over 100,000 customers from Virginia to Pennsylvania, closed schools and prompted warnings to stay off the road.

The same system is also hammering parts of southern Ontario and Quebec, as well as Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Parts of Newfoundland could get hit by the storm on Wednesday.

Hundreds of flights out of Toronto have been cancelled.

For Wednesday, the U.S. weather service predicted that parts of the Northeast could still be engulfed in the worst blizzard of the winter - some regions could expect up to 2 feet (60 cm) of snow. Almost 100,000 customers from Virginia to Pennsylvania lost power.

More than 200,000 residents found themselves without power from Virginia to the New England area as Winter Storm Stella swept up the Eastern Seaboard yesterday. Coastal flood warnings were in effect from MA to Delaware. Clearing snow cost New York City alone, on average, $1.8 million per inch in the dozen years leading up to January 2015, a report from the Office of the Comptroller shows.

The NWS issued a coastal flood advisory for areas around NY, but while the subway and bus services were operating, much of the city remained quiet with schools, shops and businesses largely closed as workers shovelled snow.

Fears of a massive blizzard led officials to close city public schools and for above ground train service to be stopped - but in the end, only about seven inches fell in Central Park.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said NY had been worst hit in the central part of the state where 30 inches were predicted and where some of the more than 5,000 plows mobilized would be moving to help respond.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency Tuesday for all of New York's 62 counties, including New York City's five boroughs. The fast snowfall rates will "create hazardous driving conditions across the Commonwealth", he said.

Schools in New York, Philadelphia and Boston were among those closed. He was layered up and wore boots he'd bought just for the storm.

Overnight, look for strong wind gusts and possible snow showers, with a low temperature of 19 degrees. "You've got to be positive".

At least some people are enjoying the weather.

People walk at Times Square in NY, the United States, on March 14, 2017.

While people mostly heeded dire warnings to stay home and off the roads, police said a 16-year-old girl was killed when she lost control of her auto on a snowy road and hit a tree in Gilford, New Hampshire.

Trump, facing the first major weather event of his presidency after a mild winter, said that he had spoken to Homeland Security and that the Federal Emergency Management Agency was ready to provide assistance. "They need to be safe".

The heaviest snowfall was expected Tuesday morning through the afternoon, with as much as 2 to 4 inches per hour.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said about 700 National Guard members would be deployed, along with more than 2,000 snowplows to keep up with the storm that was expected to bring a foot or more of snow to some parts of the state.

In Illinois, state police said the snow caused two crashes on a Chicago expressway that involved a total of 34 cars.

In the city, the subway will be suspended above ground and express services will end at midnight, and bus and commuter rail services into Long Island and north of the city are also likely to be suspended.