Warmth will hold around Washington, D.C., through Monday, but the return of cooler air is on the horizon.
The warm weather will provide a perfect opportunity to view the cherry blossoms, which are now at peak. According to the Capital Weather Gang, this is the second latest peak bloom since 1992.
Many places will see temperatures reach 80 F on Sunday with highs in the upper 70s still expected for Monday.
Typical of the spring, the cool waters of the Chesapeake Bay, Potomac River and the Atlantic Ocean will exert an influence and can hold temperatures back significantly along the immediate coast, especially along south-facing shorelines.
Chilly air plunging into the Plains will swing eastward in the upcoming days.
After blissful springtime temperatures over much of the region on Monday, rain will put the brakes on the warming trend on Tuesday.
High temperatures on Wednesday will be held to the 50s. It is not out of the question for frost to then form in some of the northern and western suburbs at night.
Temperatures should rise to more seasonable levels by Friday.
Temperatures will trend colder through the remainder of 2014 in Minneapolis as fresh arctic air returns to the city.
This weekend will be one of the busiest travel periods of the year across the country as millions people head home from Christmas travels.
A storm will bring bring the risk of flooding from Louisiana to Alabama this weekend, while rain may lead to travel delays in a large part of the South.
A winter storm affecting the United Kingdom will spread rain and disruptive snow to central Europe this weekend.
A storm will spread rain and disruptive snow to from parts of France and Germany to northern Greece and Bulgaria this weekend.
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.
Erie, PA (1989)
December, 1989 became the snowiest month on record. (The month ended with a total of 63.2" beating the record of 62.4" from January, 1978).
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".