A look back at Winter Storm Stella

It was one year ago today that winter storm Stella hit the area.

Posted: Mar 14, 2018 5:51 PM

The plows were out today, but the snowfall doesn’t compare to what we experienced one year ago today. Winter storm Stella dropped steady snow that added up to several feet in many areas. 15-35 mile per hour winds caused white-out conditions and wide-spread power outages. Snow emergencies went into effect for multiple counties as temperatures hovered around 14 degrees.

Travel advisories went into effect as road crews couldn’t keep up with the amount of snowfall coming down. One of the big problems associated with this storm was plowing. Cars that didn’t get off the street fast enough were buried, making it difficult for plow drivers to get around or even see the cars along the side of the road. Another problem: keeping those fire hydrants clear of the snow.

People were asked not to shovel or plow snow over the fire hydrants as firefighters responding to a call would have to go looking for the hydrants.

The Rescue Mission experienced a ten percent increase in the amount of people in need of help. All the snow coupled with wind chills dipping down to two degrees forced people to look for shelter. Officials with the Rescue Mission provided winter coats, meals, and counseling for anyone looking for help.

Otsego County was also in a state of emergency dealing with the same kind of issues, but for the 2nd time in nine years the Baseball Hall of Fame closed their doors to the public - siting public safety as a priority.

While no unnecessary travel was in effect, you did see a number of people out walking, braving the snow for whatever reason, but most people were out for one reason, and one reason only- to shovel.

While we may have some shoveling to do today, let’s just be thankful we’re not stuck up to our ears in it like we were one year ago today.

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