After several days of warm and stormy weather, a blast of noticeably cooler air began to move into Chicagoland.
In the wake of a cold front triggering thunderstorms, the cooler air dropped Sunday's temperatures into the low 60s, making Sunday Chicago's coolest day since mid-September.
A couple of showers will return Monday as the cool temperatures persist.
A trend towards drier, sunnier and milder weather will then commence through the end of the week. High temperatures are expected to climb back to around 70 by Wednesday and stay there through Saturday.
There were storms along the flight path, AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Dave Samuhel said.
Strong winds and rough seas hampered evacuation efforts as hundreds remain stranded aboard the Norman Atlantic ferry in the Adriatic Sea.
While colder air will flow into the Northeast this week, the lack of snow will continue through the end of December and the start of 2015.
A storm and cold air forecast to develop at the end of 2014 and linger into the start of 2015 will deliver snow, rain and a frost or freeze to portions of California.
Seattle will see tranquil weather for the final days of December and 2014.
Temperatures will start off seasonable for the new week in Dallas, but conditions will turn colder for New Year's celebrations.
100 mph winds closed Bear Mountain Ski Resort. Winds might have gusted beyond 100 mph, but all wind instruments were destroyed.
Miami, FL (1995)
76 degrees - this broke a string of 9 consecutive days below 65 degrees.
Philadelphia, PA (2001)
Not even a trace of swon these far in the winter season.