Snow present in 49 of the 50 U.S. states
January 11th, 2011
04:38 PM ET

Snow present in 49 of the 50 U.S. states

After big snow and ice events in the Southeast, Plains, and Midwest this week, 49 out of the 50 states currently have snow on the ground -  yes, even Hawaii, where snow falls in Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea all winter. 

The only state that has avoided this icy blast is Florida.  Does that make you want to go on a nice, warm vacation to the Sunshine State?  You're not alone.

Put another way, that means snow is present in 69.4 percent of the lower 48, which is more than double than December.  This is extremely unusual, though it's hard to put a date on when this last happened because records aren't kept on this kind of event.

The National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center combines ground reports and images from satellites in space to determine how much of the country is covered in snow.  That's what you see in the image above.  The images tell how deep and widespread the snow is, and that's important not only for images like this one, but also for computer weather models, which use the data to generate accurate forecasts. Such forecasts were very useful in predicting this week's winter storms.

Earlier this week, two storms began to churn: one in the northern Plains and Midwest, and one in Texas.  The southern winter storm took a track across the Gulf Coast, pulling warm, moist air over an extreme arctic blast that set up over the eastern half of the United States late last week.  This provided fuel for the storm to carve a path of snow, sleet, and freezing rain from Texas to the Carolinas. 

Here in Atlanta, we're still coated in snow and ice and probably will be for the next couple of days.  No one in the Southeast escaped the wrath except, of course, Florida.

But it's not over.  Now that the southern-track storm has moved into the Atlantic and is moving north, the other Midwest storm is going to merge with it, creating a Nor'easter event that could dump up to two feet of snow in the Northeast.  Winter storm warnings and advisories have been posted for the event - 32 states have winter storm advisories issued, by the way.

Here's how the snow forecast breaks down for some major cities:

Washington DC: 2-4 inches
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: 4-6 inches
New York, N.Y.: 6-12 inches
Hartford, Connecticut: 15-20 inches
Boston, Massachusetts: 12-16 inches

The snow and cold started early this winter and has been extreme for most of the country.  Usually the Southeast avoids the blast, but not in 2011.  We're all feeling a little "snowed in" this winter.

soundoff (695 Responses)
  1. Lola

    I live in Hawaii and it was cold this morning at 64 degrees! Brrrr!!!

    January 11, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • peetz!

      Lola...I'm in Az. I totally understand. It was even colder here. What can we do?

      January 11, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mbab001

    What's the point of arguing global warming? Seriously, the Earth is some 4.5 billion years old and we argue about weather patterns over the last 200 years or whatever it is. I personally don't believe in global warming, but who cares... right or wrong, we'll never really know. Seems to me the climate change freaks can justify just about anything because of global warming and can find an article somewhere on the internet to justify their point and ignore all the ones that contradict their opinion. Same goes for the other side I guess.

    They tell the naysayers to go read a science book or do some research. Well, that science book, or research paper was most likely politically funded. Politicians always have and always will want to get into our pocketbook. This is just another way for them to do so.

    Climate change scientists and others carrying the 'world is dying' banner don't have a job if they can't find some sort of problem.

    January 11, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • southern style

      correcion libturb, the earth is around 5000 years pastor cant git over all the lies ppl spread about the earth and try to taint the holy name of CHRIST....GOD FORGIVE HIM, he does not know what he says!!!

      January 11, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Pam

    to "southern style" – I am also from Alabama and cringed when I read your response. I believe you are either: very young; only posing to be from Alabama (one can hope); or a true poster child for Hollywood's stereotypical depiction of Southerners.

    January 11, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • peetz!

      On behalf of all the commenters here...Thank you Pam!

      January 11, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • iluvmk

      Amen, Pam. Amen.

      January 11, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • southern style

      pam i live in sumter county, and trut me im not from hollywood ... just pointin out that ther are 2 many libturds and lie beleavers on here about global warmin, prez oBOONma is pushin this 2....pam dont tel me you beleave global warmin, i would questin were you realy from

      January 11, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Zeke

    Here in NYC, the winter temperatures have been rather mild, the heavy precipitation notwithstanding.

    Not once have I had to wrap my scarf around my face when outside. This time last year, I was doing that often.

    January 11, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chris

    wow, Huff and others on here are incredibly stupid. Look, none of you denialists have ANY scientific background. Without that, you are truly incapable of understanding some basic principals that go along with any scientific theory. What you need is proof, and the mass of evidence for anthropogenic climate change is staggeringly large. I have yet to hear of one, ONE accurate, scientific study proving that climate change isnt happening and that we arent making it know who believes this type of drivel...Sara Palin. She says things like "its arrogant to believe man can affect nature", I mean, talk about someone who clearly has never traveled outside the USA, let alone her own comfort zone. In my 25 year life time I have watched entire ecosystems get destroyed by man ...climate change is real, and to all you skeptics, my only happiness comes from knowing that you will probably be the ones losing your beachfront property when the perverbial p o o hits the fan.

    January 11, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ray

      Those who feel a need to bring Sarah Palin into every conversation seriously need to get a life.

      January 11, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • bb

      I don't know that we are stupid, just skeptical. Again, in the 1970's, it was global cooling we were worried about. Now, it's global warming, or, even better, climate change. We are skeptical because anything can be put into the climate change category and support the theory. We are skeptical because governments are starting to regulate certain aspects of the climate change debate and a lot of us think many in government are there to make government more powerful, not to enrich the lives of the people they are there to serve.

      January 11, 2011 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • chris

      well, unfortunately for you guys, Sarah Palin has become the face of the conservative, anti-science, anti-logic movement. If you dont like it, and you feel like she is misrepresenting you, then stop supporting her. It's people like her that make the people who are understandably skeptical of climate change look like lunatics. Its okay to be skeptical, it's healthy...whats not healthy however, is to deny logic.

      January 11, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. iluvmk

    To southern style, only a true fanatic would make this entire conversation about God and the christian views on the science community. Stop trying to 'correct' people sharing their own opinions. You have no correction to give.

    January 11, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • southern style

      how do you know what is correct libturd, goo by a bible and pray cuase win its all over GOD wont be happy with the results

      January 11, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • bb

      Hey, since you know what He knows is going to happen, ask him for tomorrow night's lotto numbers.

      January 11, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • southern style

      bb gamblin is a sin read the bible it may save you from devil

      January 11, 2011 at 9:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Matt

    Wintertime means snow and cold.

    Warm weather in January? No thank you.
    Let us enjoy our four season climate 😉

    I love it here in New Jersey !

    January 11, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. NYC

    Snow in New York City melts pretty quickly... Central Park is the only place where you could actually enjoy the snow for longer periods

    January 11, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zeke

      There's a pile of snow outside my window, left over from the last blizzard, that's just too big to melt.

      It'll be getting a new growth spurt tonight.

      January 11, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. melatr7

    OH, this is all so FUNNY!

    January 11, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. john

    Here is exactly whats happening the arctic is warmer than usual about 4 degrees warmer and getting warmer, all the arctic ice melting into the north Atlantic is fresh water ice, this is desalinating the waters. This desalination has almost stalled the global ocean conveyor current that brings warmer water up from the equator keeping the Atlantic bordered land masses warm without this warmer water these areas are trying to revert back to their ice age conditions. This is going to get allot worse and may even become permanent.

    January 11, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • southern style

      wow what a crock of s***. get a scence book buddy. another libturd who voted for oBOONma

      January 11, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mike

    I live in Guam. It's 85 and rainy a little...

    January 11, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • bb

      The guys I knew from Guam all ate Spam and rice.

      January 11, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zeke

      The South Pacific always sounds appealing.

      January 11, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • peetz! you have a spare room?

      January 11, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • dash

      Dude, Spam and rice rocks. Wrap it in some nori and you got one ono musubi. Or fry um with a little oyster sauce and kimchee and GRIND! Mmm. Hungry now.

      January 12, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. poop

    Oh no! It's winter!

    January 11, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. cnyguy

    84" of snow in Syracuse so far this season, airport did close for 15 MINUTES.
    Heavy lake effect snow at the moment, all is open

    January 11, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. @_TheDoc_

    This is crazy! Really must be end of days coming soon...

    -The Doc,

    January 11, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. iluvmk

    To John, I agree with you! However, nothing is really 'permanent', right? The Earth will change, as it has over the past 5 billion years, and as it will continue to do in the next billion or two. Change is the only constant, really. I believe it's only a matter of time before mother Earth sees her next Ice Age... but we humanoids survived the last one, so there's nothing to say we can't survive the next. That constant is what has scientists scrambling to develop technology required for the terraformation of other bodies like our own moon or even Mars.

    January 11, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
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