Nearly half of the continental U.S. is covered in snow from an Arctic Cold Blast that clobbered the country leading up to the New Year, according to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Snow covered approximately 49 percent of the northern section of the country leading up to Christmas Day of 2017. It made a “White Christmas” for almost half of the country, excluding Alaska and Hawaii. Snowmelt in recent days across reduced the percentage, but not much.
Most of the loss occurred in the southern states where temperatures are warmer, but the northern states remain in winter’s icy grip. Snow is still covering about 42 percent of the country as of Tuesday.
Snowstorms and frigid temperatures continue to pound parts of the Northeast and the Midwest. Pennsylvania county was clobbered with 60 inches of snow in two days following Christmas day – the storm shattered records and required the national guard to help keep the roads clear and residents safe.
Northern Erie County, Penn., accumulated over 60 inches of snow by late Tuesday afternoon, according to Cleveland’s National Weather Service (NWS), GoErie.com reports. Thirty-four inches of snow descended on Christmas Day, marking a single-day record snowfall in Erie.
Winter storm Ethan formed in the Central Rockies, dumping snow in the mountains and over parts of the Midwest as it moved toward the Atlantic, according to The Weather Channel.
Ethan’s impact was felt heaviest in the northeast, however, when blizzard conditions cut visibility to zero and shut down Boston’s Logan Airport Monday morning.
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