Nightly News   |  February 12, 2010

Snowfall covers 49 of 50 states

Even the Deep South marveled at the winter weather on Friday as more than two-thirds of the nation's land mass had snow on the ground. The Weather Channel's Mike Seidel reports.

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>>> day.

>>> we mentioned this at the top of the broadcast. today brought a highly unusual weather event to the u.s. there was measurable snowfall today, think about this, in 49 of the 50 united states . we will confirm this with meteorologist mike seidel of the weather channel , but mike, along with the snowfall you are covering in atlanta, georgia, tonight, of all places, this all feels pretty unusual.

>> reporter: it does. the only state right now that doesn't have measurable snow on the ground is the state of hawaii , the big islands' mountain tops are snow-free. the only thing flying here at atlanta at the world's busiest airport were snow flakes and not planes. yesterday delta canceled 1,100 flights ahead of today's storm. in dallas-ft. worth, several hundred were canceled because of yesterday's all-time snowfall. get a load of these pictures. it looks more like buffalo than north texas . 12.5 inches of snow. they've never seen that much. because it was a heavy, wet snow it knocked down thousands of trees and limbs. tonight over 250,000 homes are without electricity. some may not get their heat on for several days. it snowed the first time in 12 years today in mobile, alabama, down on the gulf coast . a dusting in florida. a tragedy in montgomery as a weather-related accident claimed two children.

>>> look at the totals. these are amazing numbers. shreveport over five inches. mississippi, 6.5 inches. charleston awaits the snow. this storm is headed out to sea, not up the east coast , where a lot of folks would be more than happy to send some of their snow out to the mountains for the olympics. brian?

>> unbelievable year. we mentioned the other night washington and baltimore, more snow than buffalo, new york, this winter. mike seidel at atl, mike, thanks, as always.

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