National Weather Forecast
The system that has been impacting the upper Midwest with snow and blizzard conditions will start to move east on Saturday, still bringing the chance of rain and snow to areas of the Great Lakes, Ohio Valley, Mid-Atlantic, and Northeast to begin the weekend. Some snow will be possible out toward the Colorado Rockies, with rain by Sunday morning in the Pacific Northwest.
The heaviest snow tallies through Sunday evening will be across portions of New England, where at least 6-12″ could fall in some areas. Near the Northeast Coast, at least 1-2″ of rain could accumulate.
With Only a Week Left in Trump’s Presidency, a Last-Ditch Effort to Block Climate Action and Deny the Science
More from Inside Climate News: “President Donald Trump’s appointees took their final shots at staving off future climate action this week, even as his presidency careered to an inglorious end with a second impeachment. Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday finalized a surprise measure to bar future greenhouse gas regulation at oil refineries, manufacturing plants or other facilities beyond coal-fired power plants. The move came the same week that two contrarian scientists working at the White House were reassigned after publishing a series of online reports bearing a White House logo but full of sham arguments denying the risk and extent of climate change.“
Survey Finds Majority of Voters Support Initiatives to Fight Climate Change
More from the New York Times: “A majority of registered voters of both parties in the United States support initiatives to fight climate change, including many that are outlined in the climate plans announced by President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr, according to a new survey. The survey, which was conducted after the presidential election, suggests that a majority of Americans in both parties want a government that deals forcefully with climate change instead of denying its urgency — or denying that it exists at all.“
Massachusetts Governor Baker Vetoes Climate Bill, Citing Housing Concerns
More from WBUR: “Scuttling what looked to be a major session-ending accomplishment for the Legislature, Gov. Charlie Baker on Thursday said he would veto ambitious climate legislation over his concerns that key pieces of the bill could stymie housing construction. Baker said he supports much in the bill, but believes key components fly in the face of another legislative victory — the passage of his “housing choice” proposal — that he is poised to sign before the end of the week. The veto sets up an early confrontation in the new year between the governor and the Legislature, where Democratic leaders have signaled a lack of willingness to budge on a bill that was negotiated over the past five months and overwhelmingly approved by the last Legislature.“
– D.J. Kayser