As many mourn the death of Nelson Mandela, memorial services are beginning to take place across South Africa.
One of the biggest memorial services is taking place on Tuesday as more than 90,000 people, including President Obama and nearly 100 other heads of state from around the world, assemble at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, according to the Associated Press.
A storm system moving across eastern South Africa from Tuesday into Wednesday is allowing soaking rainfall throughout the region.
In this Dec. 7, 2005, file photo, former South African President Nelson Mandela, 87, is in a jovial mood at the Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell, File)
Rainfall amounts of 12-25 mm (0.50-1.00 inch) are expected in Johannesburg with local amounts over 50 mm (2.00 inches) in the surrounding area.
Although no widespread flooding is expected, people attending the outdoor ceremonies in Mandela's honor will have to deal with the threat for rounds of soaking rainfall both Tuesday and Wednesday.
Mandela is to be buried in his home village of Qunu on Sunday. Dry weather is expected to prevail in Qunu as this current storm moves to the east of the area.
While prospects for a white Christmas are grim along the I-95 corridor, many communities from the Great Lakes to the Rockies should be able enjoy a snowy scene for the holiday.
People who are dreaming of a white Christmas across the interior Northwest may see their dreams come true this year as another storm impacts the region.
While snow falling around the Christmas holiday may create an ideal setting for celebrations, massive storms that have slammed parts of the country in the last decade have created mass chaos.
Rain and thunderstorms, some capable of producing severe weather, will affect much of the South from Tuesday into Christmas Eve.
Several fast-moving storm systems will bring windy and wet weather to the British Isles and northern Europe.
A storm bearing gusty winds, heavy snow, torrential rain, thunderstorms and fog will converge on the East and Midwest on Christmas Eve and will likely create ground and flight delays.
New Orleans, LA (1989)
1" of snow.
Chicago, IL (1993)
Only 0.2" of snow to this point in the season an all time low for so late in the season.
Marquette, MI (2000)
113.3" of snow to this point in the season.