A Pacific storm will impact the Southwest over the next couple of days, bringing fall-like temperatures, rain and even snow to the higher elevations.
The storm will mark the first measurable rain in months for parts of Southern California.
Slow travel, airport delays and surprised residents are all possible over the next couple of days as the storm pushes inland toward the Four Corners region and eventually the drought-stricken Plains.
Showers and even thunderstorms will continue to impact central and southern California through the day today.
Downtown L.A. recorded its first measurable rain since July 12th on Wednesday when 0.05 of an inch fell.
Thunderstorms will also erupt across the interior Great Basin region, including around Las Vegas.
San Diego and even desert cities such as Palm Springs will be in line for some rain and rumbles of thunder, as well.
No rain has been measured in San Diego rain gauges since May 25.
Of course with the threat of rain, comes an increase in clouds, which will not only ruin sunbathing in the California sun, but hold temperatures down as much as 10 to 20 degrees below seasonal norms.
The chillier air found in the mountains of Souther California and Arizona will even support the season's first accumulating snow above 7,000 feet.
Such high snow levels will keep I-5 clear of icy travel through the Grapevine, but rain mixed with months of accumulated oils on Southern California highways will mean a dangerous mix. Slow travel is advised during and after any rain.
As Meteorologist Anthony Sagliani pointed out over the weekend, "Odds for any widespread soaking rain are very low." However, any thunderstorm could contain brief downpours, and perhaps even some small hail due to the very cold air aloft.
An increase in moisture from northern Mexico, will feed more widespread and heavier showers and storms, as well as high-elevation snow come Friday from the eastern Great Basin into the southern Rockies.
From there, it's on to the Plains, where the rain is sorely needed, but severe thunderstorms are not.
The weather threatens to interfere with search, rescue and cleanup operations in the wake of the major 7.8-magnitude earthquake that has killed thousands of people with the death toll mounting.
Damaging wind and hail as large as softballs have been the main threats, and will continue to be throughout the overnight hours.
Sunny skies and cooler conditions will be the rule this week in Chicago.
In wake of a chilly Monday with spotty showers, warmer and drier weather will settle in for much of the week ahead.
Temperatures will have their ups and downs across the Northeast this week, starting off on a cool note before milder air moves in for the middle of the week.
Dauphin Island clocked a 57 mph wind gust at the time of the boating incident, according to Mesonet.
35" of snow at Summit, 39" of snow at Red Lodge and 28.1" of snow at Lewistown.
Eastern U.S. (1990)
More record heat... Location Old Record New Record Burlington, VT 90 84/1962 Boston, MA 92 91/1962 Newark, NJ 94 90/1962 Allentown, PA 92 89/1962
Venus, TX (1990)
Winds gusted to 70 mph.