December 20, 2013; 4:10 AM ET
Wintry and violent weather will avoid Boston through the weekend, but northern New England may not be so fortunate. more >
Expect rainy weather this evening through late Sunday night
Scientists in South Africa also hope to improve safety education in the "lightning capital of the world."
Snowy owls — large, fluffy, white birds typically found in the Arctic and rarely seen south of the Great Lakes — have swooped down upon the eastern United States in greater numbers than at any time in at least 50 years, one bird expert says.
Dec 20, 2013; 3:17 PM ET Snow showers will continue from the northern Cascades to Spokane this Friday. Meanwhile, another weekend storm gathers over the desert southwest.