Check out these satellite photos of the snow in southern New England

Tuesday’s winter storm may not have lived up to expectations in big Northeast cities, but the nor’easter dropped quite a bit of snow on parts of Southern New England, New York, and Pennsylvania: Some areas in New England saw as much as 20 inches of snowfall, and parts of New York state got more than four feet of the white stuff.

The National Weather Service captured the aftermath of the storm in a series of satellite photos, which the agency tweeted out on Thursday night.

The photos were snapped Thursday afternoon by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES), according to meteorologist Bill Simpson.

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GOES satellites are used for predicting weather patterns and tracking severe storms. Two are currently in operation: GOES East and GOES West, which serve their respective United States coasts.

In addition to the aerial overview, the National Weather Service Boston sent out a close-up version showing the scar from the tornadoes that hit western Massachusetts in 2011:

The service also sent out a side-by-side comparison of the area before and after Tuesday’s storm. The photo on the left was taken on March 12, two days before the blizzard:

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