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A massive storm is expected to dump more than a foot of snow in some states along the northeastern U.S. coast, and satellites are tracking the snowfall from space.

The GOES-East satellite, operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), has captured stunning views of the storm over the mid-Atlantic coastal region, showing a blanket of white over much of the area. [Amazing Earth Photos by GOES East]

The GOES East satellite captured full view of Earth on March 21, 2018, as a massive snowstorm battered mid-Atlantic states on the U.S. East Coast.
The GOES East satellite captured full view of Earth on March 21, 2018, as a massive snowstorm battered mid-Atlantic states on the U.S. East Coast.
Credit: NOAA

"It's a #snowday in the nation's capital captured here by #GOESEast," NOAA officials wrote on Twitter in a post that included a video of the storm system in action. Conditions in the Baltimore area were expected to deteriorate rapidly over the morning, with some regions receiving 2 inches (5 centimeters) of snow per hour, NOAA officials added. 

Another short animation from GOES-East showed the storm engulfing states from North Carolina up to Massachusetts.

"#GOESEast captures the start of the storms affecting parts of the East Coast and expected to bring heavy snow to the start of Spring," NOAA officials wrote.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning through Thursday morning (March 22) due to today's snowstorm, which is the fourth nor'easter to hit the U.S. East Coast in March. Some regions could see between 12 and 18 inches (30 to 46 cm) of snow, according to the National Weather Service.

The GOES-East satellite, also called GOES-16, launched in 2016 and is the first of two advanced Earth-observation satellites to improve weather forecasts. Its partner, the GOES-S satellite, launched into orbit on March 1 and will be known as GOES-West and GOES-17 when it begins operation. GOES is short for "Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite."

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