More than half of the Country has snow on the ground after this latest storm system moved through!
The view from above shows the snow on the ground too! Visible satellite imagery senses reflected solar radiation (the sun). Clouds, the earth and atmosphere all absorb and reflect the suns radiation. It's only visible during the day and clouds and snow appear white and land and water appears dark or gray. You can identify snow by looping the image and whatever doesn't move is typically snow but in some cases can be fog.
The image below is an outline of the snow on the ground, some of which has melted across Oklahoma.
The Great Lakes are getting pounded today by lake effect snow which is cold air moving over warmer lake waters which creates instability and the development of heavy snow bands. Where the bands set up depends on wind direction and how heavy depends on the length of the fetch of wind over the water. Lancaster, NY already has 4 feet of snow and it's still falling!
We don't have any snow in the forecast for Alabama and actually we are expecting a big time warm up as the weekend approaches!
Jill Gilardi Fox 6 Meteorologist