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Wintry Mix in the Central Plains; Powerful Pacific Storm Approaching

A storm will track from the southern Plains to the Ohio Valley through Friday with showers and thunderstorms. On the northern edge, snow, ice, and/or a wintry mix is possible from the central Plains to the central Great Lakes. A significant Pacific storm with high winds, and heavier rain and snow will arrive late Friday through the weekend with impacts spreading across much of the West. Read More >

Does the sky look different to you? Did you see how strange the sun looked prior to sunset last evening? Well, a plume of smoke has circulated into the region. This smoke is originating from Canadian forest fires. It's all aloft and poses no danger here at the surface. However, it will make the sky look different. The sun will also look different (orange or pink) more than just a few minutes before sunset and after sunrise, as long as the smoke is around.

You can monitor the progress of the plume with a loop of visible satellite images here (only available during the daylight hours).