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As yesterday’s winter storm continues offshore this morning, the Northeast faces the its impacts and braces for more lake effect snow before the day’s end. This weekend, snow builds into the Northern and Central Plains  and is expected to make its way eastward by Sunday. On the west coast, even as fires in CA die down, smoke particles cause severe air quality hazards and fire weather risk resurfaces later this weekend. This is the Friday edition of your Morning Briefing. Let’s dive right in. What’s Next for the Northeast: 300,000+ power outages, 100s of car accidents, and plenty of school closings followed the onset of yesterday’s winter storm. Roads across the region remain icy and slick while the last of the storm moves offshore, and the sun begins to work on the melting process. Snowfall totals so far have reached up to 12″, which is 4″ over national consensus. Quick…