Christmas is shaping up to be a quiet day across much of the nation in terms of weather, but some areas will receive the gift of snow.
Although there is no big storm in the works for Wednesday, a weak disturbance will spread snow showers from the Dakotas to the Great Lakes.
Most areas will have nothing more than a coating on the roads, but more persistent snow could leave behind 1 to 2 inches in the Great Lakes region. However, a few spots may pick up as much as 3 inches.
Because there can be some slick spots and slower travel speeds, you might want to allow for extra travel time if you have plans to head over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house for Christmas dinner.
With the snow showers staying closer to the Great Lakes, it will make for a dry Christmas in Santa Claus, Ind.
The warm and wet weather that was around for the official start to winter in the Northeast has been replaced by colder weather just in time for Christmas.
Snow showers will reach the eastern Great Lakes, including the Buffalo, N.Y., area, later on Christmas Day.
The remainder of the Northeast and Ohio Valley is forecast to have a dry but cold Christmas, including North Pole, N.Y.
Highs from Boston to New York City will only climb into the 20s, while Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., will be held in the 30s.
The gift of dry weather may be welcome by many in the Southeast and southern Plains after a storm dumped several inches of rain across the regions this past weekend and early this week.
In addition to the dry weather on tap for Christmas Day, the Southeast and central and southern Plains will experience temperatures a couple of degrees below normal.
It's shaping up to be a dry Christmas across the western U.S. and many areas will have abundant sunshine.
Temperatures in most locations will be rather close to average for this time of year. However, an offshore flow will help temperatures rise well into the 70s and perhaps lower 80s in a few spots across Southern California.
This means that it will be a snow-free day for the residents of Snowflake, Ariz.
Another visit from the Polar Vortex will deliver unseasonably cool air to the Midwest, preceded by rounds of thunderstorms, including severe weather.
Welcome dry weather for cleanup efforts across Japan in the wake of Neoguri will be brief.
As the Northeast continues to clean up from destructive storms early this week, more rounds of severe weather and flash flooding loom for early next week.
Parts of the South will get major relief from heat, humidity and storms next week while other locations will be at greater risk for flash flooding.
Heat-related dangers will be on the rise over the weekend for much of the Northwest as scorching heat settles in.
Yellowstone National Park's Firehole Lake Drive was closed Thursday, July 10, as portions of the roadway's asphalt melted amid the summer's recent heat wave in the Northwest.
Bennett, CO (1888)
118 degrees, highest temperature for state (disputed temperature, but still listed as official).
Western PA (1888)
Flash flood on Monongahela River; rose 32 feet in less than 24 hours.
Richmond, VA (1975)
3.01" of rain fell in evening thunderstorms. This was the second day of 9 straight days in which measurable rain fell. Nearly 8 inches of rain fell in this period. Rainfall in July, 1975 totalled 12.29 inches.