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Lake Effect Showers Downwind of the Great Lakes through Sunday; Wet Weather Approaches the Pacific Northwest

Cooler weather returns for the northeast through Sunday where some lake effect showers are expected downwind of the Great Lakes. Meanwhile, high pressure will provide tranquil and near seasonable weather conditions for the center of the nation. A Pacific system approaches Sunday with the increase chance for wet conditions. Read More >

 

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    NOAA Weather Radio is a Service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of  the U. S. Department of Commerce.  As the "Voice of the National Weather Service," it provides continuous broadcasts of the latest weather information from local National Weather Service Offices.   Weather messages are repeated every 4 to 6 minutes and are routinely updated every 1 to 3 hours or more frequently in rapidly changing local weather. Most stations operate 24 hours daily. 

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