Where there was snow on the ground as of Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010. (NOAA Satellite and Information Service)

The snow cover in the lower 48 as of Thursday. (http://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/)

By Mark Memmott

Folks are building tiny snowmen in Florida.

Yes, that's not a mistake -- Florida.

As NorthEscambia.com, the Tallahassee Democrat and The Gainsville Sun report, there's some wet snow falling on the Panhandle today -- and some of it may stick.

That's raising the prospect that by day's end there may be some "snow cover" in all 50 states (some of Hawaii's volcano peaks almost always have at least a little of the white stuff).

The wonder of all that has University of Oklahoma meteorological student Patrick Marsh on a quest. He's trying to collect fresh snow photos from all 50 states. If you can help, e-mail snow@forwarn.org.

News9 in Oklahoma filed this report on Marsh's mission.

Marsh tells us that as of noon ET or so he had photos from 26 states, with more coming in fast (you could say he's been buried in a blizzard of e-mails!).

He's due to talk with All Things Considered later. We'll update after that with word on his progress.

Update at 2:30 p.m. ET: Marsh told ATC's Melissa Block that as of an hour ago, he had photos from 27 states and Washington, D.C. When (he hopes) he has pictures from every state, he will use Google Earth to create a file that we all can download if want to see what the snow looked like all across the country today.

We'll add some audio clips from their conversation shortly.

Much more from the interview will be on ATC later. Click here to find an NPR station near you that broadcasts the show. And later, the on-air version of the conversation will be posted here.

Update at 3 p.m. ET.

Here is Marsh on the number of photos he'd gotten as of early this afternoon:

And on what he plans to do with them:

Update at 4:25 p.m. ET: Marsh just e-mailed to tell us he's keeping an updated lists of the states that he has and has not collected photos fromin this blog post. He's now at 37 states plus D.C.

Update at 8:45 a.m. ET, Feb. 13. It's done! Marsh has posted photos from all 50 states and Washington, D.C., here. Only one caveat, he says: The shot from Hawaii was not taken yesterday (he's still confident there is some snow there).

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12:45 - February 12, 2010