The dry and cool start to the week in Chicago will soon give way to a rainy midweek.
After a cloudy and damp afternoon on Tuesday, steady rain will arrive for the city on Wednesday.
In addition to causing some outdoor activities to be postponed, the rain could lead to slow travel -- both on the ground and in the air.
Though temperatures will drop late week, more sunshine will arrive and the city will have an opportunity to dry out.
The weekend will follow suit with mostly sunny skies. Saturday, however, will bring the threat of an afternoon shower.
While lacking across a large part of the United States on Christmas Day, arctic air is set to make a comeback during the final days of 2014.
Ski areas will welcome the fresh power that will blanket mountains from the Alps and Apennines into the Balkans.
A storm will spread rain and disruptive snow across southeast Europe Sunday into Monday.
As snow winds down over the Central states during the weekend between Christmas and New Year's Day, a new storm will ramp up over the Northwest and will lead to travel disruptions.
There is the risk of flooding from Louisiana to Alabama this weekend, while rain may lead to travel delays in a large part of the South and spotty rain and snow reach the Northeast.
As the year comes to a close and people prepare to celebrate the start of 2015, many will be bundling up as cold weather stretches from coast to coast.
Amarillo, TX (2000)
20.2" of snow - the all time 24 hour December record.
Tennessee's heaviest snow since 1843: McMinnville 14"; Memphis 8.5".
Long Branch, NJ (1913)
70 mph winds during a huge coastal storm.