73.2% of CONUS is Currently Covered in Snow | Most Since Records Began

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The onslaught of winter storms across the United States these last couple of weeks has resulted in the most widespread snow coverage across the lower 48 since records began.

As of Tuesday, February 16th, snow is on the ground in 73.2% of the lower 48, according to the National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center (NOHRSC). According to the NOAA, the last time the nation saw close to that kind of coverage was in Fall 2003, which is as far back as the records go.

NOAA satellite image from Tuesday 16th February.

Currently, only Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina are the only states without snow.

The snow coverage expansion has been quite spectacular – on January 22nd, only 26% of the lower 48 had snow on the ground. Winter storm Uri has played a significant part in this, dumping snow deep into the south. Just three days before Uri went from coast to coast, only about half of the US was covered.

Snow coverage on 22nd January. Credit: Weather Channel
Snow coverage on 16th February. Credit: Weather Channel

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