Snow is on the ground in 49 of 50 states

Floridians, start your gloating: Snow is on the ground in 49 of 50 states. Only Florida is snow free, according to a national snow cover map produced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The weekend winter storm dumped snow and ice in a stripe from the Deep South to the Mid-Atlantic to the Northeast. Some of the highest snow totals included 19.5 inches in East Bridgewater, Mass., and a foot in Mount Airy, N.C.

And yes, there is snow on the peaks of the volcanoes in Hawaii, as seen in the photo below of Mauna Kea, taken Sunday afternoon.

Overall, NOAA's site says that almost 60% of the U.S. is snow-covered now. (Though some of the white on the map in the South is most likely ice, or sleet. But it's cold, frozen and white, nonetheless.)

The snow in the South and Mid-Atlantic should be a distant memory by the end of the week, as much milder air will spread over the region by Wednesday.

By midweek, highs will be 25 to 35 degrees greater than Sunday’s frigid highs. AccuWeather said.

Kaylee Collins, left, and her friend Lana Anderson, both 9, crawl on their hands and knees rather than risk falling while crossing ice-covered Pine Terrace Road in the aftermath of the winter storm on Jan. 8, 2017, in Canton, Ga. Curtis Compton, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, via AP

Weekend storms left snow or ice behind in 49 of 50 states

Only Florida is snow free after weekend storms blasted 49 of the 50 U.S. states, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday.

As the Sunshine State boasted, the rest of the Deep South was caught in Mother Nature’s frosty net, while some of Hawaii’s volcanoes were already snow capped.

Only Florida is snow free after weekend storms blasted 49 of the 50 U.S. states, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday.

As the Sunshine State boasted, the rest of the Deep South was caught in Mother Nature’s frosty net, while some of Hawaii’s volcanoes were already snow capped.

At least four deaths have been blamed on the East Coast storm, and flight travel was snarled, according to the Associated Press.

The white stuff was fleeting in some places and more could disappear by midweek as high temperatures are projected to be some 25 to 35 degrees greater than Sunday’s highs, AccuWeather said. In the West, forecasters are warning of heavy rains in northern California and Nevada through the middle of the week along with an ice storm in Oregon.

The weekend accumulation wasn’t as severe as that seen in February 2010 when even Floridians saw a touch of snow in the extreme northwest panhandle, the section of the state most likely to record snow, if at all. One notable exception occurred on Jan. 19, 1977. On that date, a strong cold front produced the only known snowfall ever recorded in South Florida and the Bahamas, according to AccuWeather.


Snow and Ice Covered the Ground in 49 of 50 States This Weekend

An analysis of snow cover across the Lower 48 showed that only Florida had no snow or ice on the ground Saturday into early Sunday morning, according to the National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center (NOHRSC).

It should be noted that in this depiction of snow cover, sleet accumulations may be shown as well. This is the case for parts of the South after Winter Storm Helena.

The NOHRSC analysis says that 66.4 percent of the Lower 48 was covered by snow or ice as of Sunday morning. That's the highest coverage so far this winter season in the U.S.

Some of the deepest snowpack across the nation was in the northern Plains, Great Lakes snowbelts, northern Maine and the mountain West.

If you are wondering about Hawaii, yes, there was snow on ground there too. This satellite image shows the snow-capped volcanic peaks of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa on the Big Island on Saturday.

While warming temperatures this week will melt a good deal of this snow in the South and East, more snow will blanket the mountain West and the nation's northern tier from Winter Storm Iras. A late-week wintry mess may also be in the cards for late this week into next weekend in the Plains and Midwest.

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