National Weather Forecast

The system impacting the central United States will continue to move eastward on Wednesday, producing strong storms from portions of the Great Lakes to the lower Mississippi Valley and snow/ice from the Upper Midwest to New England. Some areas of snow will also be possible in the Rockies, with rain and snow back into the Pacific Northwest.

From Tuesday through Thursday, heavy snow will continue to fall across the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest, with some areas seeing overall a foot or more of snow. Heavy rain will also fall across the southern United States, with 3”+ of rain possible through the middle of the week.

Snow will continue to fall across the Upper Midwest into Wednesday, with overall multi-day totals of a foot or more possible from the Dakotas into northern Minnesota. With strong wind gusts over 40 mph continuing, blowing and drifting snow will continue to be a concern with whiteout conditions for some.

The severe weather threat will continue eastward into Wednesday, with an Enhanced Risk of severe weather (threat level 3 of 5) from the Great Lakes to the Mid-South. Once again, strong tornadoes, damaging winds, and very large hail will be possible with severe storms across the region.

Meanwhile, the Masters is later this week in Augusta, GA, and it looks like it could be a wet and stormy one – especially Friday into the weekend.


Key survey shows California snowpack one of the largest on record

More from The Washington Post: “A key measurement of California’s snow levels on Monday found near-record depth and moisture content in the Sierra Nevada, a calculation that comes amid a historic year for snow in the state and that further fuels fears that dangerous flooding may be ahead this spring. The onslaught of storms that hit the Golden State this winter created what will “probably, most likely be either the first- or second-biggest snowpack on record,” said Sean de Guzman, manager of California’s snow surveying. But he noted during an update Monday that more data is needed from other surveying sites to determine the final ranking in record books that date to 1950. April snowpack data is important because this month is typically when California’s snowpack peaks in size, and because the information informs decisions from the state’s Department of Water Resources on how to manage the water supply over the coming year.

Volcanoes on Venus … Wow!

More from EarthSky: “In March 2023, NASA announced the first definitive evidence for active volcanoes on Venus. And before the month ended, scientists at Washington University in St. Louis released another stunner: a new map of Venus’ volcanoes, all 85,000 of them. About 99% of them are less than three miles (five km) in diameter. On Earth, volcanoes fall into three categories: active, dormant, or extinct. Venus is entirely covered with clouds. And we don’t know yet where the 85,000 Venus volcanoes fall in these three categories. We do know that on Earth there are about 1,350 potentially active volcanoes, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Why Minnesota’s push to electrify government vehicles is going slower than expected

More from Energy News Network: “A lack of inventory from auto manufacturers and a shortage of fast-charging options in rural areas are among the factors slowing progress toward Minnesota’s state government fleet electrification goal. The Minnesota Department of Administration set a target in 2020 to make 20% of its vehicle fleet electric by 2027, part of an overall strategy to reduce state fleet fossil fuel consumption by 30% by 2027 from a 2017 baseline. The state would have had to replace more than 400 gas vehicles with electric models per year since 2021 to meet that target, but state officials contacted by the Energy News Network were unable to say exactly how many electric vehicles the state has purchased overall. The Department of Transportation, a leader in electric vehicles among agencies, has 14. The Department of Natural Resources has four.


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