WEATHER ALERT: POSSIBLE DELAYS
Winter Storm Stella
Stella’s Northeast Timing
- A large swath of the Northeast will see snowfall, heavy at times, from Stella during the daytime hours.
- Snowfall rates of 1 to 4 inches per hour are possible near and northwest of the Interstate 95 corridor.
- Blizzard or near-blizzard conditions are possible not just in coastal areas, but also in parts of eastern Pennsylvania, eastern New York state, Connecticut and western Massachusetts.
- Road and airport travel are likely to be snarled across the region. Some roads may become impassable.
- Strong winds (gusts over 40 or 50 mph) and the weight of the snow could cause some tree damage and power outages. Tuesday Night – Wednesday
- Snow, heavy at times, will continue throughout much of New England Tuesday night.
- Farther south, snow will become lighter overall, but gusty winds will continue and contribute to blowing snow.
- On Wednesday, lighter snowfall and gusty winds will continue across the Northeast region, but the worst of the storm will be over.
- However, lake-enhanced snowfall will continue in much of upstate New York, adding another several inches of snowfall on top of Tuesday’s snowpack.
- Cold temperatures will continue through Thursday after Stella departs, making for icy conditions on untreated roads and other surfaces. How Much Snow to Expect in the Northeast?Heavy snowfall accumulations are likely in the Northeast region from Stella. The highest totals are expected to be northwest of Interstate 95, especially in higher elevations such as the Catskills and Poconos.The latest forecast guidance suggests the low will track far enough west to change some coastal areas to rain or sleet for a period of time. All snow is likely to the north and west of Interstate 95.
- A foot or more of snow is possible along and especially north/west of the Interstate 95 corridor from Stella, including Albany, New York, Boston, Hartford, New York City, Portland, Maine, Scranton, Pennsylvania, and Worcester, Massachusetts. It’s not out of the question that some locations may pick up 18-plus inches of snow from Stella, especially in the Catskills, Poconos and the higher elevations of western New England.
- In portions of the mid-Atlantic, including Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, the Delmarva Peninsula and southern New Jersey, snow amounts are dependent on where the rain/snow transition line sets up. The best potential for a foot of snow is likely to be northwest of the Interstate 95 corridor in this area. Much less snowfall is expected for the immediate D.C. area compared to areas north of there.
- Snowfall rates of 1 to 4 inches per hour are possible during the height of the storm in the most intense bands.
- Blizzard or near-blizzard conditions, with wind gusts to 50 mph, may occur through Tuesday in the blizzard warning area.
- Poor travel conditions will also exist in other parts of the Northeast due to gusty winds causing blowing snow and low visibility.
Stella’s Midwest Chapter
- Stella impacted the Midwest with light to moderate snowfall accumulations across a large part of that region Sunday into Monday.
- Many cities in the southern Great Lakes saw at least light snowfall amounts of a few inches.
- Lake-effect snow could continue in northeast Illinois and southeast Wisconsin, including Chicago and Milwaukee, into Tuesday. Locally heavy accumulations are possible in persistent bands of snow.
- Chicago’s O’Hare Airport had picked up 2.5 inches of snow from Stella as of Monday evening, ending a record streak without an inch of snow cover. The Windy City last had an inch of snow on the ground on Christmas Day.
- Below is a recap showing some of the top snow totals from Stella in each state for the Midwest, as of late Monday morning.
- Illinois: 5.8 inches in Colona, 5.2 inches near Moline
Indiana: 3 inches in Cedar Lake
Iowa: 13 inches in Ringsted, 8.8 inches in Waterloo
Michigan: 8 inches in Oscoda
Minnesota: 13 inches near Gary New Duluth, 6.5 inches in Rochester, 3.7 inches at Minneapolis/St. Paul Int’l Airport
North Dakota: 4 inches in New Town and Williston
South Dakota: 10 inches near Watertown, 9 inches in Aberdeen
Wisconsin: 15.6 inches in Newburg, 14.3 inches near Jackson
We recognize the severe impact that current conditions are having on our customers and we are committed to restoring service levels as quickly as possible. As a result these weather issues, the ALG Client Service Team will send daily updates as we monitor the storm’s progress and track job level impact.
ALG New Jersey will be closed today due to the storm.
March 14, 2017
State of Emergency for Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York
Governors of Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York have each declared a State of Emergency due to storms that have shut down highways and transportation routes throughout the states. Mailers will not have access to roads to reach plants and DDU’s.
The State of Massachusetts may soon follow suit.
We will continue to monitor the situation. As Governors provide information on relief, we will provide updates as they become available.
March 14, 2017
Update: State of Emergency for Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York
The following Northeast Districts are closed due to the severity of the storm and the States Governors implementing a state of emergency.
- New York NY: 090-099, 100-102, 104
- Westchester NY: 105-109, 124-127
- Long Island NY: 005, 115, 117-118
- Triboro NY: 103, 110-114, 116
Other Northeast Area Districts have impacts to selected facilities. Mailers should call and confirm appointments at plants and BMEU,s before traveling.
Other states in the Northeast identified previously as under a State of Emergency, remain under a State of Emergency.
Please visit us on the USPS Industry Outreach website.
March 14, 2017
New: Operations Suspended: Central PA District
Eastern Area has announced that retail and mail processing operations have been suspended for:
� Central Pennsylvania District: 169-188, 195-196
Due to weather conditions mailers should call and confirm appointments at plants and BMEUs before traveling.
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Some delays are possible