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Winter Storm STELLA Buried the Northeast

Stella’s Snow, Sleet, Wind, and Floods Brought Havoc

Last week Winter Storm Stella dumped one to almost five feet of snow across much of the Midwest and Northeastern U.S., as well as parts of Canada. Sixteen people in the U.S. lost their lives in the monstrous March 2017 storm.

Satellite image of Winter Storm Stella striking Northeastern U.S.Many coastal areas in New England endured Stella’s hurricane-force winds. Trees and branches buckled and broke. Two homes under construction collapsed. Over 200,000 people lost power. The winds drove coastal waters ashore in New Jersey, producing tidal flooding along seaside towns.

Stella’s onslaught ground several major cities to halt, including Boston and New York. People found themselves stranded, with over 6,000 flights canceled and public transportation at a standstill.


Stella officially underwent an unexpected rapid strengthen known as “bombogenesis” from Monday to Tuesday.

Weather watchers measure strength by the central pressure of a storm. A drop of over 24 millibars or more of pressure within 24 hours rates the storm as bombogenesis, also known as “bombing out.” According to the Weather Channel, Winter Storm Stella lost 31 millibars in just 19.5 hours.

Stella’s Intense Snow Amounts

A RHINO Infographic helps estimate the weight snow adds ti a roofParts of eighteen states in the U.S. received a foot or more of snow and ice from Stella. According to the Weather Channel reports, the maximum-recorded snowfall amounts within each state include:

  • 58.0 inches in Bolton Valley Ski, VERMONT
  • 48.4 inches in Hartwick, NEW YORK
  • 34.5 inches in Oakland, PENNSYLVANIA
  • 23.6 inches in Stratham, NEW HAMPSHIRE
  • 22.0 inches in Lisbon Falls, MAINE
  • 21.5 inches in Granville, MASSACHUSETTS and Elmwood Park, WISCONSIN
  • 21.0 inches in Middletown, CONNECTICUT
  • 20.3 inches in Vernon, NEW JERSEY
  • 16.0 inches in Elgon, WEST VIRGINIA
  • 15.0 inches near Wurtsmith Airfield, in MICHIGAN
  • 14.3 inches near Waukegan, ILLINOIS
  • 13.0 inches in Ringsted, Iowa, and Duluth, MINNESOTA
  • 12.0 inches near Geneva, OHIO, and Hammond, INDIANA, and Burrillville, RHODE ISLAND, and Bittinger, MARYLAND

Imagine the weight of that much snow!

According to FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency), a foot of snow exerts a pressure of 3 to 21 pounds-per-square-foot, depending on the moisture content of the snow.

Using FEMA’s figures, Winter Storm Stella’s snow in Bolton Valley Ski, Vermont, would have added 14.5 to 101.5 pounds-per-square-foot to a structure’s roof!

Is your building up to the challenge of that much snow?

RHINO Steel Buildings Stood Up to Stella

In light of recent mega-snowstorms like Winter Storm Stella, it is impossible to overemphasize the importance of sufficient snow load protection in snow-prone areas.

RHINO Steel Buildings Systems stand up to the challenge of monster storms like Stella. In fact, we have not received a single report of damages to a RHINO building inflicted by this phenomenal winter storm— nor by Winter Storm Argos a few months earlier. (Neither were there any reports of damage imposed to RHINO structures by Superstorm Sandy when it bashed many of the same areas in 2012.)

Our pre-engineered steel buildings meet or exceed all current local buildings codes—guaranteed— for the lifetime of the structure.

Steel boasts the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any building material. Steel’s strength provides built-in resistance to damages from screaming winds, voracious termites, sizzling lightning, shifting earthquakes, and destructive fires.

Where strength matters, trust RHINO.

Learn more about the many benefits afforded by RHINO metal buildings. Call RHINO today at 940.383.9566 for building tips, free information, or a no obligation quote. Chat about your next building project with an experienced RHINO steel building specialist.