The year will come to an end with a fresh blast of arctic air plunging into the Midwest and Northeast, setting up a frigid start to 2014.
The arctic blast will arrive after temperatures briefly east in a west-to-east fashion across the Midwest and Northeast Friday through Saturday and heavy rain and a snowstorm invade the East Coast this weekend.
The next arctic blast will drop into the Midwest over the weekend before making those in the Northeast shiver early next week. More waves of cold will follow for the start of 2014.
The impending cold wave could lead to multiple subzero days for the Upper Midwest with a return of Tuesday morning's brutally cold air.
Some places will even turn colder than Tuesday morning, especially where snow continues to cover the ground.
Northern New England may also have to endure an entire day of subzero temperatures, while a stretch of highs mainly in the 20s is likely in store for the I-95 corridor from New York City to Boston to Portland.
The South will also turn colder next week, but the dramatic departures from normal that was experienced in November will not be repeated.
Despite the cold being in place, AccuWeather.com Lead Long Range Forecaster Paul Pastelok does not expect a major winter storm to unfold next week.
"The weather pattern from next Monday through Thursday will yield multiple lighter snow events that track from eastern Montana to the Midwest and Northeast," Pastelok stated.
"Each snow event will not produce a lot of snow but still enough to cause slippery spots."
Pastelok does anticipate a major East Coast winter storm to unfold around Jan. 6-8, but a noticeable change in the weather should follow.
After a quick blast of arctic air in the storm's wake, the weather pattern should transition to one with fewer cold shots and storms for the Midwest and Northeast.
Rounds of severe thunderstorms, including the potential for flooding rain and tornadoes, will continue to erupt over the central United States this week.
Summerlike warmth will make it feel like the 90s F at times in the eastern United States through Memorial Day weekend, despite localized rainfall.
A large tornado moved dangerously close to Dodge City, Kansas, on Tuesday afternoon, tracking just west of the center of the city.
Conditions will become favorable for tropical development over the Atlantic Ocean, in the vicinity of the southeastern United States toward the end of May and into early June.
Frequent showers are expected throughout the music festival that will take place in late June.
As millions prepare to take part in Memorial Day weekend events, showers, storms and a potential tropical system could threaten outdoor activities and travel plans during the extended weekend.
Iowa City, IA (1859)
Waterspout; 8 killed, one child was taken up, carried 500 yards and thrown in a slough but survived.
New York City (1861)
Snow was reported.
Tornado swarm in Iowa, Illinois and Michigan; 74 killed.