The CDC director today described a sense of "impending doom," as case counts and hospitalizations continued their steady climb. 
As the pandemic worsens, the question now is: how bad will it get.
Local experts say it's hard to predict how the situation will look a few weeks from now.
Our vaccine effort is paying off, as about 15 percent of the population is fully vaccinated.
Warmer weather helps too, as people spend more time outside.
But the virus variants complicate matters.
They're more transmissible and believed to be more deadly.
That means with more than 80 percent of the population still not fully vaccinated, variants are spreading.
It comes just as states begin rolling back regulations, leading to larger gatherings, and more opportunities for the virus to spread.