The caboose in a train of storms from the Pacific will spread a swath of heavy snow and drenching rain from the central Rockies to the central Plains next week.
The latest indications are that an area of heavy precipitation will set up near I-70 in Colorado and I-80 in Wyoming then drive eastward along the I-80 corridor over the Plains.
Denver, Colo., Casper, Wyo., Scottsbluff, Neb., and Rapid City, S.D., are among the cities that could pick up heavy snow from the storm centered on Tuesday.
Part of this area has the potential to pick up a foot of snow or more.
Farther east, over lower elevations on the Plains and into part of the Midwest, drenching rain will fall from Grand Island, Neb., eastward to Omaha, Sioux Falls, S.D., Des Moines, Iowa, and perhaps Chicago progressing to the middle of next week.
Within this swath of snow (melted) and rain, a general 1 to 2 inches of water can fall.
Farther south, there is the likelihood of a severe weather outbreak, perhaps reaching as far north as northern Kansas and northern Missouri.
Meanwhile, ahead of the big storm next week, a swath of snow will roll across part of North Dakota and the Upper Midwest into Saturday.
A developing tropical storm, moving just north of the large islands of the Caribbean, will take aim at the Bahamas and southern Florida into this weekend.
Regions dealing with Zika-carrying mosquitoes could have another threat to monitor as tropical activity picks up this season.
Following a tropical storm threat in the Bahamas and Florida into this weekend, an uptick in tropical systems will continue for the next six to eight weeks.
On the heels of deadly Typhoon Mindulle, Japan is bracing for another threat from Typhoon Lionrock next week.
A deadly earthquake struck central Italy at 3:36 a.m. local time on Wednesday with tremors felt as far away as the capital city of Rome.
Stargazers will want to dig out their binoculars and telescopes this weekend as Venus and Jupiter shine so close that they appear as one large, bright star in the evening sky.
Kiana, AK (1976)
A weak tornado occurred, about 2.9 miles north of the Arctic Circle.
Elizabeth, PA (1979)
A heavy thunderstorm at Elizabeth, PA, 20 miles SE of Pittsburgh, tore the roof off an apartment building and downed about 100 trees. Trees were also knocked over at McKeesport, PA.
Dearborn Co., IN (1864)
A railroad train on a Cincinnati to Chicago run lost a right of way meeting with a tornado. Accident occurred in Dearborn Co., SE IN, 15 miles from Laurenceburg at 5:45 PM. Train lifted off track - over 30 persons injured.