Winter Storm Stella: A Major Nor'easter in Photos

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Winter Storm Stella: A Major Nor’easter in Photos Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Winter storm Stella slammed the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Tuesday with wet, heavy snow and what appeared to be hail. The regions were all but shut down, as schools were closed, public transportation operated on a limited schedule—or stopped completely—and thousands of flights were canceled.

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There were blizzard warnings for parts of nine states in the Northeast, from Pennsylvania to Maine, according to the Weather Channel. Officials urged drivers to stay home as the monster storm hit. They expected tens of millions of residents to be affected.

Snowfall rates of 1 to 4 inches per hour were possible. Authorities warned that strong winds of up to 50 miles per hour and accumulating ice may cause power outages and tree damage in parts of the Northeast.

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Ice coats a tree that had already begun to blossom for spring, as frozen rain falls on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
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A girl goes down a slide during a snowy day in the Queens borough of New York City.Shannon Stapleton/Reuters
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A boy pulls a sled on Brooklyn Heights Promenade in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.Brendan McDermid/Reuters
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A man rides his bike in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.Brendan McDermid/Reuters
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A man skis during the snowstorm in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.Brendan McDermid/Reuters
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Men shovel snow during a snowstorm in the village of Nyack, a northern suburb of New York City.Mike Segar/Reuters
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A tractor trailer travels on the snow-covered New York State Thruway near Nyack.Mike Segar/Reuters
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A man tries to push a vehicle stuck in the snow on the New York State Thruway near Nyack.Mike Segar/Reuters