National Weather Forecast
A system in the Great Lakes will bring rain and snow from the Great Lakes to the Northeast on Sunday, while another warm front stretching into the Upper Midwest could bring wintry precipitation by the evening and overnight hours. An area of low pressure in the Gulf of Mexico with a cold front stretching into the Deep South could bring showers to the Gulf Coast and lower Mississippi Valley. Rain and snow will continue to impact portions of the Pacific Northwest.
The heaviest snow over the next few days looks to fall downwind of the Great Lakes, with several inches expected to accumulate in some locations, especially near Lake Erie. The heaviest rain will be up in the Pacific Northwest as atmospheric rivers continue to impact the region with some of the heaviest falling near the coast and at higher elevations.
New York’s Right to ‘a Healthful Environment’ Could Be Bad News for Fossil Fuel Interests
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Climate emergency accelerates F1’s efforts to clean up its image
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