This NOAA/NASA GOES East satellite handout image taken on March 13, 2017 at 1400 UTC shows storm activity in the eastern United States. / AFP / NOAA-NASA GOES Project / Handout /
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Winter Storm Stella unleashed its fury on much of the northeastern United States Tuesday, dropping snow and sleet across the region and forcing school closures and thousands of flight cancellations.Stella -- the most powerful winter storm of the season -- was forecast to dump up to two feet (61 centimeters) of snow in New York and whip the area with combined with winds of up to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour), causing treacherous whiteout conditions.In 2016 New York experienced the biggest snowstorm in the city's history, with a record 27.3 inches falling in Central Park in 24 hours. That storm paralyzed parts of the Northeast and left 18 people dead.Winter Storm Stella formed near the coast, the collision of two low pressure systems expected to dump the heaviest snow on New York, parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Vermont.
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