National Weather Forecast

As the system that has been impacting the West pushes out in the central United States Thursday, we will see the threat of a severe weather outbreak from Texas to the Deep South, with snow/icing possible from the Four Corners to the Great Lakes. A new cold front in the Pacific Northwest will bring rain and snow chances. We’ll also see rain and snow in the Northeast.

As mentioned above, we’re watching the potential of a severe weather outbreak in the Southern United States on Thursday. The severe threat has been upgraded to a Moderate Risk of severe weather (threat level 4 of 5) across portions of northeast Texas, southeast Oklahoma, southern Arkansas, and northern Louisiana. All severe threats – including strong tornadoes and widespread damaging winds – will be possible from storms. While some individual storms are possible across the region during the morning and afternoon hours, the greatest threat will be from a line that surges from Texas and Oklahoma eastward across the region late in the day into the overnight hours.

Flooding rains will also be possible across the central U.S. to the Ohio Valley through the end of the week with the system moving through the region. Some areas could see 2-5” of rain, with isolated reports of up to 9” possible. Numerous Flood Watches are in place.


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Walmart, Target, Home Depot lead pack of retailers emitting millions of pounds of CO2 through shipping

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BP CEO defends spending plans as climate protesters block entrance to London energy conference

More from CNBC: “BP CEO Bernard Looney on Tuesday sought to defend the firm’s fossil fuel spending plans, reaffirming the need for an “orderly” energy transition and highlighting the oil giant’s commitment to net-zero emissions by 2050. His comments came shortly after dozens of protesters blocked an entrance to the InterContinental London Park Lane hotel on the first day of International Energy Week, a global energy conference that brings together senior figures from across the industry. Holding banners reading “Climate Criminals Enter Here” and “No New Oil,” activists from climate action group Fossil Free London gathered outside the luxury hotel to protest BP’s continued fossil fuel investment. Their chants could be heard throughout the opening sessions of the conference. “Energy is the lifeblood of society,” BP’s Looney said as he addressed those in attendance.

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