Minimize A snow blanket for the East Coast

Two days after a massive winter storm system dropped snow from Tennessee and Georgia to Massachusetts, millions of Americans are digging out. By some news accounts, more than 30 million people lived in areas that received at least 20 inches (50 centimetres) of snow, and 3 million more saw at least 30 inches (75 centimetres).

The Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8 captured this natural-colour image of Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. in the early afternoon on 24 January 2016.

The highest snow total was recorded in Glengarry, West Virginia: 42 inches (107 centimetres). Snow totals approached records at airports near Baltimore (29.2 inches), Philadelphia (22.4 inches), and Newark, New Jersey (28.1 inches). The National Zoo in Washington, D.C. counted 22.4 inches and Central Park in New York picked up 26.8 inches.

At least 37 people have died as a result of car accidents, hypothermia, carbon monoxide poisoning, or over-exertion from shoveling snow, according to multiple news reports. At least a quarter-million people have lost electric power, and more than 13,000 airline flights have been canceled.

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Credit: NASA Earth Observatory, using Landsat data from the United States Geological Survey

Snow on USA's east coast


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