Mother Nature will set off some fireworks of her own the day before the Fourth of July.
In a scene that has become all too familiar across parts of the country over the past week, another round of severe thunderstorms will be on the prowl later today, this time targeting the central and eastern Great Lakes region.
Detroit, Cleveland, Buffalo and Toronto are among the major cities at risk for a brief, but powerful blast of strong winds, severe enough to cause power outages and knock down trees.
Chicago, though on the western edge of the severe weather threat area, could still have a gusty storm today.
The worst of the storms are expected this afternoon into early tonight, but storms will be ongoing during the morning hours in many areas. Downpours, lightning and gusty winds will greet numerous commuters this morning across the central Great Lakes.
A nearly stationary front that has been the focus for storms over the past several days, including Friday's derecho, will again be the culprit today. In fact, the front will begin to edge north and east, allowing more intense heat and humidity to expand across the Midwest and mid-Atlantic.
The heat and humidity will provide the fuel for the storms, while the front will act as the match.
Following the round of storms that will start the day, AccuWeather.com meteorologists expect another large complex of thunderstorms to form by late this afternoon over eastern Michigan and southern Ontario.
The storms, which could eventually resemble an outstretched bow, will then advance across lakes Erie and Ontario into northern Ohio, northwestern Pennsylvania and upstate New York through the evening hours.
In addition to the very real possibility of wind damage, storms will contain flooding downpours and frequent lightning. These staples of summertime thunderstorms are dangerous in their own right, without the benefit of wind gusts.
Small hail, probably not large enough to cause damage, is also a possibility.
A real summertime pattern will precipitate the threat of storms across other parts of the nation today as well.
Showers and storms will bubble up throughout the day in a popcorn fashion across the Southeast.
A front emerging into the northern Plains will also have the potential to spark some powerful storms late today into tonight, in cities such as Glasgow, Mont., and Minot, N.D.
Unfortunately for those planning on attending festivities and fireworks, some storms will linger into Independence Day. Those storms in the Northeast, perhaps leftover from tonight's activity, could turn severe.
A winter storm spreading a spreading a swath of snow and ice across the central U.S. will continue to impact travel through Saturday night before reaching the Northeast on Sunday.
As a large storm rolls out of the Plains and Midwest, a swath of snow, ice and travel disruptions will extend into the Northeast for the start of March.
A storm will whip across the United Kingdom and the North Sea through Sunday with potentially damaging and disruptive winds.
Yet another winter storm will take aim at the Northeast and Midwest next week with widespread ice and flooding concerns.
While more storms are on the horizon to start March, the accompanying cold shots will be less extreme.
An end to winter storms targeting Harrisburg will not come with the conclusion of February.
Nome, Alaska (1995)
Seasonal snow record of 108 inches set. The old record was 107.5 inches set during the 1931-1932 cold season.
Buffalo, NY (1998)
Recorded it's warmest February on record with and average temperature of 34.1(F) which was 9.5(F) above normal. This broke the old record og 33.8(F) in 1984.
Impressive 48-hour snowfall totals in the Sierra: Chilkoot Meadow - 55" Poison Ridge - 44" Kaiser Point - 43" Wishon Dam - 39" Huntington Lake - 36" Lodgepole - 34"