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Heavy Rain Threat Along Central Gulf Coast and in the Pacific Northwest

Locally heavy rainfall and flash flooding remains likely along the central Gulf Coast into the weekend from southeast Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle. A strong cold front will bring heavy rain and some high elevation snow with the arrival of cooler temperatures to the Northwest through the weekend. Widespread elevated fire threat possible from the Great Basin into the northern/central Plains. Read More >

Implementing FIPS and/or SAME Location Code Changes

This page contains information National Weather Service implementation of Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) Code:changes. FIPS codes are unique to counties, parishes, boroughs adn independent cities. For more information on FIPS codes, refer to the American National Institute (ANSI) Codes, maintained by the Census Bureau (

It is our job to ensure customers understand the changes and have the information needed to implement them. Customer notification messages are transmitted on NWS dissemination circuits:

If the Census Bureau implements changes in FIPS codes and / or the NWS implements a new six digit SAME location code, the NWS will issue Service Change Notices well in advance of the change.