Snow in 49 states due to US Winter Storm according to NWS Weather Forecast

By on Jan 13, 2011 in United States, Weather Comments

Having snow in 49 states in the US has happened before but not often, according to a report by the National Weather Service (NWS).The winter storm that hit the US on Tuesday, January 11, 2011, has dumped snow in all but one state. It was unusual that Hawaii has been included in the states covered with snow. Florida is the only state that did not experience winter snow. The (NWS) estimated that 70.9 percent of the country is now covered by snow.

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According to James Peronto, NWS public affairs officer, last December 2010, the US had an average of 35 percent of snow on the ground. One of the unusual scenario is the presence of snow in Hawaii. NWS estimated the snow on top of Mauna Kea volcano to be about 7 inches. Hawaii also experienced heavy rains that prompt authorities to issue flash flood warning on Wednesday, January 12, 2011.

The winter storm has shut down majority of the Southern area. It caused heavy traffic and forced the cancellation of flights in the Northwest area due to heavy snowfall.

Earlier reports say that school closures and delays were announced due to the winter storm.

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