Winter Storm Stella's main event is underway as blizzard warnings cover parts of eight states in the Northeast, including New York City. Stella will hammer the region through Tuesday with more than a foot of snow and strong winds, leading to major travel disruptions at airports and on roadways.
This major nor'easter is taking shape as a strong area of low pressure off the East Coast, in response to jet stream energy moving through the eastern states. That low may undergo bombogenesis as it moves northward along the coast through Tuesday night, meaning there will be a rapid drop in atmospheric pressure, which indicates strengthening.
Blizzard warnings cover portions of eastern Pennsylvania, central/northern New Jersey, southeast New York, Connecticut, northern Rhode Island, western/central Massachusetts, southeast New Hampshire and southern Maine.
Winter storm warnings are also in place across other parts of the mid-Atlantic and Northeast, including Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington D.C.