National Weather Forecast
On Sunday, we continue to track the snowstorm hitting the Northeastern United States, bringing heavy snowfall and coastal flood concerns. Meanwhile, we’re keeping an eye back out to the west where our next system to go coast-to-coast is, bringing a wide swath of snow with it.
The heaviest precipitation through Monday evening will be in the Pacific Northwest, where some locations could see over three inches of liquid (at the higher elevations, that will be locked up in snowfall).
Pockets of a foot or more of snow are expected in the western mountain ranges – including the Cascades, Sierra, and Rockies – through Monday morning. We’re also still watching the heavy snow in the Northeast Sunday, leading to overall totals of over a foot in some interior areas.
Ski resorts struggle with winter running late across U.S. and Canada
More from Axios: “Ski areas across the U.S. and Canada are in increasingly desperate need of natural snow for a ski season that typically would already be in full swing. The big picture: From the West Coast of the U.S. and Canada on eastward, milder and drier than average conditions have prevailed, preventing resorts from building up a wintry base for would-be skiers. This season offers a preview of future winters, as the season warms faster than any other, partly in response to human-caused climate change. Zoom in: The strong El Niño in the tropical Pacific Ocean is affecting weather patterns globally and can lead to unusually wet conditions in the West. This can be a huge boost to mountain snow cover there if temperatures are cold enough; so far this year, the right conditions have not come together yet. Instead, the Sierra Nevada has seen an anemic start to its snow season, with bare ground visible between patches of the white stuff on satellite imagery.”
As climate risks increase, Mississippi River towns look to each other for solutions
More from Grist: “Cities and towns across the Mississippi River basin have always needed to weather the environmental disasters associated with living along a river. The past few years have brought wild fluctuations between flooding and drought, bringing more stress to the communities nestled along the Mississippi’s 2,350 miles. In the last five years alone, they’ve seen springtime flooding, flash flooding, significant drought, and low river levels, with opposite ends of this spectrum sometimes occurring in the same calendar year. “When these rivers have disasters, the disaster doesn’t stay in the river,” said Colin Wellenkamp, executive director of the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative. “It damages a lot of businesses, homes, sidewalks, and streets; even broadband conduit and all kinds of utilities, mains and water return systems.””
5 easy ways to live greener in 2024
More from CNN: “It sounds like such a great resolution for the new year: I’m going to live greener. But what would it actually take to live a life that’s better for our planet, when so much of the harm done is beyond our control? The climate crisis is not your fault, but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do. Collectively, we can have a positive impact by making some pretty basic lifestyle changes. Here are five easy ways to get started in 2024.”
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