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Heavy Rain in the Northwest; Winter Weather from the Midwest to Northeast

Heavy rain in the Pacific Northwest will will force sharp rises on the rivers flowing off the Cascades where a Flood Watch has been issued. A storm will track across the Midwest to the Northeast through this weekend bringing a wintry mix over portions of the Midwest and Northeast. South of the storm track, heavy rain will fall from the Lower Mississippi River Valley to the Mid-Atlantic. 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).