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Spacecraft nadir point: 46.5° N, 121.8° W

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Spacecraft Altitude: 223 nautical miles (413km)
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Image Caption: Snowy Scene Surrounding the Salish Sea

While the people of the Pacific Northwest were waking up to freshly fallen snow, an astronaut photographed this sunrise view of the state of Washington (United States) and the province of British Columbia (Canada). Cities, towns, and islands around the Salish Sea were blanketed in snow. Clouds and mountain peaks were illuminated by the rising Sun's warm hues.

Winter had officially arrived that week in the Pacific Northwest, with temperatures in some areas dipping to 17 degrees Fahrenheit (-8.3 degrees Celsius) and setting new record lows. The blast of cold and snow followed several rainy fall months.

In the photo, various hues of grey and white provide an outline for the rivers, city grid structures, and coastlines. The Olympic and Coast Mountains bracket the urbanized area, with darker mountain valleys standing out against the snow.

Haro Strait acts as a boundary between Washington's San Juan Islands and the mostly cloud-covered Vancouver Island of Canada. This major shipping channel connects the Strait of Georgia and Strait of Juan de Fuca, both of which are part of the Salish Sea. Puget Sound leads south to the Seattle area (just out of the frame). These water bodies help support local and international economies by providing trading access for various goods and tourist attractions such as whale watching.