National Weather Forecast

Nicole will continue to weaken and eventually merge with a frontal system in the Southeast/Mid-Atlantic on Friday, still bringing heavy rain, stronger wind gusts, and a few tornadoes to the region. Meanwhile, the system that brought blizzard conditions and ice to the Northern Plains/Upper Midwest will move across the Great Lakes with rain and snow. Another system in the Southern Plains will bring a strong storm threat. And finally, a system working toward the Pacific Northwest will lead to another round of rain and higher-elevation snow.

While heavy snow tapers off Thursday Night in the upper Midwest, totals could top a foot across North Dakota and northern Minnesota from that system moving through. Heavy rain amounts of 2-5” will be possible in the eastern United States through the weekend due to whatever is left of Nicole merging with a frontal boundary and moving up the East Coast.


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More from Canary Media: “Home solar isn’t just for high rollers. A November report by researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has found that even though it’s mostly wealthy customers who put solar on their roofs, households with low and moderate incomes are taking an increasing share of the market. The report is part of an ongoing effort since 2010 to track the demographics of rooftop solar adopters, benchmarks that help ​“make sure that communities that have historically borne the brunt of the energy industry are not left out,” said Galen Barbose, research scientist in the Electricity Markets and Policy Department at LBNL.

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More from The Guardian: “After the leaders’ speeches of the first couple of days, most of the negotiations have now moved behind closed doors. The big discussions today were all around finance, and there does appear to have been some movement on this, as Damian Carrington reported, with positive momentum potentially starting to build on a pivotal issue as the UK said it would allow some debt payment deferrals, while Austria and New Zealand put forward funding for loss and damage.


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