These satellite images show almost the entire US covered in snow

Taylor Ardrey,Marianne Guenot
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This satellite image captured February 16, 2021, shows snow cover in the lighter white areas across the US. You can also see clouds in the brighter white areas above north-central Texas and up the Gulf Coast up toward Tennessee. NASA/NOAA Suomi National Polar Orbiting Partnership via Stephen A.Wood/Maxar
  • The US is covered in snow because of the deadly winter storm that left millions without power.

  • The Weather Channel reported that 73% of the country was covered in snow on Tuesday.

  • Satellite images show almost the entire US blanketed in snow.

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Satellite images from NASA/NOAA satellites provided by Maxar show how the massive winter storm has blanketed the United States with ice and snow.

On Tuesday, 73% of the country was coated in snow, according to the Weather Channel. And the cold weather continued on Wednesday as CNN reported that frigid weather struck the south and central parts of the country that have been most impacted by brutally cold conditions.

As of Thursday, Maxar's WeatherDesk provided imagery showing three-quarters of the country covered in snow:

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This snow depth image generated by Maxar's WeatherDesk on February 17, 2021 shows snow cover extending over three-quarters of the continental US. Weather graphics © 2021 Maxar Technologies.

Residents across the country, especially in the South, have endured freezing weather and power outages. As of Wednesday afternoon, nearly 3 million people in Texas are still without power, according to PowerOutage.us. Oregon, Kentucky, Louisiana, and West Virginia are other states highly affected by the outages.

At least 20 people have died in frigid weather-related incidents in Texas, Oregon, and Mississippi. Texas local news station KXAN tweeted that FEMA and the White House are stepping in to provide "power generators to Texas and are working to move diesel for power backup, in addition to blankets."

Austin Energy tweeted that consumers should be "prepared to not have power through Wednesday and possibly longer."

The storm has even disrupted the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine, as sites had to close due to the weather.

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You can see snow in the lighter white areas covering the US in this satellite image captured February 16, 2021, and clouds in the brighter white areas, such as in the Gulf of Mexico. NASA/NOAA Suomi National Polar Orbiting Partnership via Stephen A.Wood/Maxar

The New York Times reported that the East and South are set to endure another winter storm through Friday.

According to WABC-TV, the Tri-State is already preparing for the storm ahead and expects between 5-10 inches of snow.

"Snow and ice is forecast for a broad swath of the US through Friday night," the National Weather Service tweeted Wednesday. "Many of these areas have recently experienced significant impacts from wintry precipitation already this week."

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