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NASA image shows southern snow from space

Posted at 5:27 AM, Dec 12, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-12 05:30:38-05

The rare snowfall that hit the southern United States this weekend was so impressive that it could be seen from space!

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The snow blanketed areas from Texas to Virginia, even giving the Florida Panhandle a dusting. 

A photo from NASA shows Saturday's winter storm left a stripe of white across the southern Appalachians from Alabama into Virginia.

The National Weather Service said up to 10 inches of snowfall hit northwest Georgia, with 7 inches of accumulation in parts of metro Atlanta.

Another 10 inches of snow was reported in Anniston, Alabama, while up to 7 inches were reported in Mississippi. Rare flurries were even reported in New Orleans.

"It's very, very abnormal and rare that we would get totals like that this time of year," said Sid King, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in the Atlanta area. "It's really not even winter yet. I would not be surprised if we broke a lot of records."

Richmond had 3½ inches of snow, as did Prince Edward. Virginia State police reported hundreds of crashes blamed on icy weather.

Portions of this article courtesy of the Associated Press