The dry stretch of weather across the Korean Peninsula and northeastern China will come to an abrupt end through Monday as a strengthening storm brings heavy rain and snow to the region.
A disturbance will raced across central China through the first half of the weekend and gained strength as it nears the Yellow Sea.
Moisture drawn northward from the Pacific Ocean and East China Sea will interact with the storm, creating a swath of heavy precipitation from the Korean Peninsula into Liaoning and Jilin provinces of China into Monday, local time.
North of the storm track, heavy snow is expected as the moisture clashes with cold, Siberian air. Over 30 cm (12 inches) of snow can fall in the mountains of North Korea and far northeastern China.
To the south, milder air should promote mainly rain for South Korea as well as the southern tip of Liaoning province, including the city of Dalian.
Although the storm is expected to race northeast, rain amounts between 25 and 50 mm (1-2 inches) will be common. While widespread flooding is not expected, localized rainfall amounts over 75 mm (3 inches) can lead to some flooding concerns.
In the wake of the storm, winds will become strong, gusting to 80 kph (50 mph) along the western coast of the Korean Peninsula with 50- to 65-kph (30- to 40-mph) gusts farther inland across the peninsula.
A large area of cold air is expected to dive into the region by the middle of next week. Temperatures will be near 0C in many places including as far south as Seoul, South Korea.
Farther west, Beijing will escape the heavy rain and snow, but the chilly conditions should build into the area by Wednesday.
Unseasonable warmth will come to an end across Ireland and the United Kingdom later this week.
A spike in severe thunderstorms, capable of producing tornadoes, will follow a slow start to severe weather season in 2014.
A storm system will bring snow and ice to parts of the mid-Atlantic and the South through Monday.
After a chilly weekend, a milder week is ahead for the Cleveland area.
Rainy weather is expected midweek for the Detroit area.
Memphis, TN (1892)
Heaviest snowstorm on record (see Mar. 21 Almanac) snow began falling at 2:30 p.m. on the 16th - ended at 9:00 a.m. on the 17th, with a total of 18.0". This had been preceded by a 1/2" snowfall on the 15th for a three day total of 18.5". Riddleton, TN received 26.3".
Cheyenne, WY (1994)
A wind gust to 74 mph; a roof was blown off a mobile home in South Cheyenne; a tractor- trailer was blown over on I-25.
New York City, NY (1892)
14.6" of snow.