White Christmas for half of USA!

This is something you don’t see every day. We recently heard that Canada had a white Christmas EVERYWHERE, the first time in four decades. Here we see that the USA has an increased albedo (surface reflectivity) for about 1/2 of it’s land area.  The increased albedo combined with low sun angle this time of year conspires to keep ice and snow unmelted.

Here is a more colorful view of snow depth on Dec 25th from the National Hydrologic Remote Sensing Center:

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