The polar air in place for the start of the week in Chicago has begun to depart as temperatures slowly rise over the next few days.
The trend in warmer weather will continue through Friday with temperatures possibly climbing above freezing for the first time this month.
Despite the higher daytime temperatures, nighttime lows will still reach the teens and single digits.
While the Northeast gets hit by a snowstorm late week, Chicago will get only a few flurries Thursday evening. However, extensive flight delays are possible, as airports in the South and Northeast are impacted by snow and ice.
Temperatures will take a dip back down into the 20s for the end of the week and for the start of the weekend.
However, Sunday will bring the next chance for the city's high to rise above freezing.
The coldest air of the season so far and some snow will pour into the northwestern United States by early next week.
Arctic air settling over Germany may prompt children to leave their shoes for St. Nicholas indoors instead of outside before going to bed on Monday night.
A deadly wildfire exploded in Tennessee this week, charring a popular resort town and causing devastating damage.
On the heels of Cyclone Nada, a new and more significant tropical cyclone threatens to take aim at India next week.
Dashing hopes for Christmas Day snowmen and white rolling hills, forecasters predict Britain's weather pattern will leave more to be desired on Dec. 25.
Rounds of heavy rain will heighten the risk for flash flooding across portions of the southern United States through the weekend.
As colder air sweeps into the northeastern United States, temperatures will settle to seasonable levels, and lake-effect snow will erupt into this weekend.
Thousands of firefighters from across the country answered the call to help save the South, not just on the front lines but also back in camps supporting those out among the flames.
A tranquil beginning to December will be replaced by unsettled weather ahead of the holidays.