National Weather Forecast
A system working through the Great Lakes on Monday will continue to bring heavy snow and mixed precipitation to parts of the region. A cold front out ahead of that will produce some rain in the Northeast and storms in southern Florida. A new system near the Pacific Northwest will bring the region some rain and snow showers, with additional precipitation due to a cold front in the Rockies. A few pop-up storms also can’t be ruled out across the central/southern Plains.
A foot or more of snow could fall from Sunday through the first part of the work week in parts of the U.P. of Michigan and Wisconsin with that system slowly moving through the region. A few feet of snow will also be possible in parts of the Cascades. The heaviest rain – with up to 3” expected – will be along the Pacific Northwest coastline.
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