Mar 15, 2017

Winter Storm Stella a Record Snowstorm for Binghamton, New York; More Snow Wednesday Adds to Up to 41-Inch Totals

Burlington, VT
Binghamton, NY
West Winfield, NY
Middletown, CT
Williamstown, MA
Vernon Township, NJ
Susquehanna County, PA
Ilion, NY
The Weather Channel

Snowfall Totals So Far

Widespread 1- to 3-foot snow accumulations have piled up in parts of the Northeast, led by 41 inches in West Winfield, New York. At least one location in 15 states has seen a foot of snow from Stella in the Midwest and Northeast.

Here are some top and notable snowfall reports by state as of 11 p.m. EDT.

  • Connecticut: Middletown (21 inches), New Fairfield (20.4 inches), Norfolk (20 inches), Burlington (19.5 inches), New Fairfield (19 inches), West Granby and North Granby (18 inches), Wilton (17.2 inches), West Hartford (15 inches)
  • Delaware: Pike Creek (4.4 inches), Greenville (4.3 inches), Hockessin and Claymont (4.2 inches), Newark (3.6 inches)
  • Maine: Bridgton (20.7 inches), New Gloucester (18.1 inches), Hollis (16.1 inches), Portland (15 inches), Gray (15 inches)
  • Maryland: Sabillasville (11 inches), Frederick, Thurmont and Cumberland (10 inches), Westminster (8 inches)
  • Massachusetts: Williamstown (19 inches), Otis, Southwick and Ashfield (18 inches), Lowell (15 inches), West Springfield (14.5 inches), Boston (6.6 inches)
  • New Hampshire: Nottingham (19 inches), Laconia (18 inches), Exeter (17.8 inches), Concord (12 inches)
  • New Jersey: Vernon (20.3 inches), Hackettstown (20 inches), Wantage (19.8 inches), Highland Lakes (19.5 inches), Sussex (17.5 inches), Montague (16.5 inches), Newark (6.4 inches)
  • New York: West Winfield (41 inches), Bridgewater (39 inches), North Brookfield (36.5 inches), Leonardsville (34 inches), Endwell (33.5 inches), Jefferson and Saranac Lake (32 inches), Gabriels (31.4 inches), Eagle Bay and West Winfield (31 inches), Binghamton (28.8 inches), Albany (15.5 inches), Syracuse (14.9 inches), NYC-Central Park (7.6 inches)
  • Pennsylvania: Susquehanna (32.3 inches), Damascus (30 inches), Trevorton (29 inches), Beach Lake and Waymart (27 inches), Wallsville (26.5 inches), Lords Valley and Clarks Summit (26 inches), Mount Pocono (24 inches), Scranton (21 inches), Harrisburg (17 inches) Philadelphia Int'l Airport (6.0 inches)
  • Rhode Island: Burrillville (13 inches), Harrisville and North Foster (11.5 inches), North Cumberland (9.3 inches), Warwick (6.5 inches), Pawtucket and North Providence (5.5 inches)
  • Vermont: Woodford (23 inches), Perkinsville (19 inches), St. Albans, Milton and Sheldon (18 inches), South Burlington (17.5 inches)
  • Virginia: Winchester (8.1 inches), Washington-Dulles Airport (5.6 inches)
  • West Virginia: Near Great Cacapon (12 inches), Near Smith Crossroads (11.3 inches), Keyser (11 inches)

Stella has become the heaviest snowstorm on record in Binghamton, New York, surpassing Winter Storm Argos in November. As of 8 p.m. Tuesday evening, 28.8 inches of snow had been measured at Binghamton Regional Airport.

Albany's 15.5-inch snowfall total puts Stella in the top-10 for highest March snowstorms in New York's capital city.

The 6.0 inches of snow at Philadelphia International Airport was a record daily snowfall for March 14, breaking the previous record of 4.7 inches set in 1999.

In addition, there were two reports of avalanches Tuesday afternoon in northeast Pennsylvania, one in Falls Township and another in Tunkhannock, which closed PA-Route 92.

Highest Snowfall Rates

An incredible snowfall rate of 7 inches in one hour was reported in Ilion, New York, Tuesday afternoon, about 13 miles east of Utica.

Burlington, Vermont, reported 5 inches of snow in one hour Tuesday afternoon, another impressive snowfall rate.

Intense snowfall rates were also observed Tuesday morning with 4.5 inches in one hour reported in Highland Lakes, New Jersey, and 6 inches in 90 minutes in New Milford, Pennsylvania.

Snow fell at the rate of 2 inches per hour in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, early Tuesday, and 1 inch per hour at both New York's JFK and LaGuardia Airports. New York's Central Park reported 7.6 inches of total snowfall as of Tuesday afternoon.


Winds and Coastal Flooding

Wind gusts have topped 50 or even 60 mph from the coasts of Delaware and New Jersey to portions of southern New England. Wellfleet, Massachusetts (79 mph), Barnstable, Massachusetts (74 mph), West Island, Massachusetts (71 mph), Winsegansett Heights, Massachusetts (71 mph), Rockport, Massachusetts (68 mph), Orient, New York (68 mph), Fishers Island, New York (67 mph), Milton, Massachusetts (67 mph), and Seaside Heights, New Jersey (65 mph), have seen some of the top wind gusts as of Tuesday afternoon.

Strong winds in combination with the weight of the snow have downed tree branches in eastern Pennsylvania and southern New York.

Tens of thousands have lost power in Massachusetts due to the high winds downing trees and power lines. Blizzard conditions have officially been verified in Worcester, Massachusetts, according to the National Weather Service.


Stella's Midwest Chapter Recap

Below is a recap showing some of the top snow totals from Stella in each state for the Midwest.

Illinois: 14.3 inches near Waukegan, 12 inches near Gurnee, 7.1 inches at Chicago O'Hare Airport
Indiana: 4.4 inches near Munster
Iowa: 13 inches in Ringsted, 8.8 inches in Waterloo
Michigan: 15 inches near Wurtsmith Airfield, 5.3 inches at Detroit Metro Airport
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
Ohio: 5.5 inches in Geneva, 4.7 inches in Akron
South Dakota: 10 inches near Watertown, 9 inches in Aberdeen
Wisconsin: 21.5 inches in Elmwood Park, 15.6 inches in Newburg, 14.3 inches near Jackson, 10.4 inches at Milwaukee Int'l Airport