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    Twelve Scenic Webcams That Will Transport You to Winter Wonderlands

    By By Becky Elliott, AccuWeather.com Meteorologist
    December 19, 2014, 7:28:14 AM EST

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    Winter has already made an appearance in the United States, with a record-setting snowfall and brutal cold across the South the first day of November.

    In the midst of the snowstorm, meteorologists and snow enthusiasts around the country found and shared images of the unusual snowfall. Many images were pulled from active webcams around the region, and those interested were able to watch the snow falling in real time.

    This week, bitterly cold air and wintry weather are impacting more than two-thirds of the U.S.

    Web cameras, beyond their entertainment value, can be very useful to meteorologists when they are trying to verify or update a forecast. Current weather conditions are often the most useful data for forecasters. An estimate of the amount of snow that has fallen, if rain has changed over to snow, if snow is sticking to roads and what the visibility is in the region are just a few of the ways webcams can prove very helpful for reporting weather impacts.

    However, the main reason most people find webcams to be enjoyable is because they give us a glimpse into another scene somewhere in the country (or world) and allow us to vicariously experience the weather taking place at that moment in time.

    Here is a compilation of webcams from around the country that will bring snowfall events to life this winter season.

    1. Starting in the East, this first webcam from Pemaquid Point features an iconic landmark on coastal regions, which can add to the charm of the snow-covered view. From the camera's website: "The camera is normally pointed a little west of due south and overlooks the town of Bristol's Lighthouse Park and the Gulf of Maine beyond."


      2. Mount Washington is known as being one of the windiest places in the East and frequently records gusts above 40 mph in the winter months. The record wind gust is 231 mph, set in 1934. The cameras stationed atop the mountain capture a variety of images, from sunrise and sunsets to snowstorms and blizzards.    3. Boston experiences its fair share of nor'easters in the winter and this Earth Cam, located above the Charles River overlooking the Boston skyline, captures snowy and windy scenes. 

    4. New York City is a place that is always bustling, but sometimes it can be slowed and even brought to a standstill. In the midst of a winter storm is when NYC can be the calmest and most picturesque time and the webcam stationed at Columbus Circle is a great way to witness the magic.

    5.  Washington, D.C., is known for its beauty during the spring, when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. However, our nation's capital is also a sight to behold when it's covered in a fresh layer of snow. This webcam, located in the Washington Monument's pyramidion, looks out over the Reflecting Pool, the WWII Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial. 

    6. Another great view that blends patriotism and weather is the webcam that showcases the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. During a winter storm, the sculpted faces of Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln can be seen blanketed in snow. 


    7. Venturing west, the next webcam is stationed in a quaint mountain town in southwestern Colorado. Telluride is a former mining camp that sits in a canyon, adjacent to Telluride Ski Resort and averages just over 300 inches of snow each year. This webcam is controllable by the user and features four views of the town and surrounding scenery. 


    8. Heading north into the heart of Colorado ski country, this set of round-shot webcams offer up 360 degree views of the Aspen Highlands and surrounding mountains. Look no farther for consistently stunning images of the snow-capped peaks of the Rocky Mountains.

    9. Jackson Hole, Wyoming, is named for the valley the town sits in, on the western edge of Wyoming. This birds-eye webcam sits above the town and offers not only a look at the quaint mountain town, but also the Teton Mountain Range to the west.

    10. The northern Rockies offer some breathtaking views and this webcam fixed atop Apgar Mountain in Glacier National Park does not disappoint.


    11. Squaw Valley, California, located west of Lake Tahoe is one of the largest ski resorts in the country and boasts 450 inches of snow annually. This vantage point features the Palisades and Siberia Bowl and gives the viewer a glimpse of resort life.

    12. Stevens Pass runs through the Washington Cascades at an elevation just over 4,000 feet. This mountain benefits greatly from northern-track storms, averaging 460 inches of snow per year. These Washington Department of Transportation cams portray a very snowy trek over the mountain in the winter months.  

    Story by AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Becky Elliott

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