NASA satellite image shows Great Lakes, Midwest as winter wasteland

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If you hadn’t noticed, it’s been cold around here. And snowy. But from all the dramatic images we’ve seen this week, this NASA photo from orbit essentially showing a vast swath of the country in a whiteout makes it seem like a disaster movie special effect just hit.

The good news? The great thaw is just around the corner, forecasters say.

From NASA on the image:

NOAA’s GOES-East satellite captured a Midwestern wintertime White Out at 2015 UTC/3:15 p.m. EST on January 6, 2014. Blowing snow and intensely cold air created dangerous white-out conditions over the Midwest, particularly around the Great Lakes, where daytime temperatures averaged -20F with a wind chill near -50F.

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