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73 Percent of the U.S. Covered in Snow, the Most Widespread Coverage in 17 Years

A siege of winter storms since late January has contributed to the most widespread snow cover across the contiguous U.S. in at least 17 years.

Snow was on the ground in 73.2% of the Lower 48 on Feb. 16, according to the National Operational Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center (NOHRSC). That's the highest snow cover extent for any day in the NOHRSC database dating to fall 2003, according to NOAA.

Winter Storm Uri's snowfall deep into the South played a big role in this large expansion. Snow covered about half of the U.S. three days earlier prior to when Uri tracked from coast to coast.

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