A storm will bring rain from East Texas into the Southeast for the last day of 2012 and first days of 2013.
A storm developed in New Mexico during the early morning of New Year's Eve, pushing rain into Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.
Through the afternoon, rain will push into Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee as well. The rain in South Texas and Louisiana will be accompanied by thunder, mainly in the afternoon and into the evening.
Unlike the thunderstorms that terrorized this area on Christmas Day, these storms are not expected to be severe.
However, heavier rain, especially in a thunderstorm, has the potential to reduce visibility and make for challenging travel. Motorists should use caution when driving in these areas.
For ringing in the new year, rainy weather will continue in the southern Plains, and spread east through Alabama and Kentucky on Monday night.
The year 2013 will start off with rain from southern Texas into northeastern Virginia as the storm moves eastward during the day on Tuesday. Along the Gulf Coast, rain and showers will continue into midweek.
Although this rain will make for a soggy holiday, a light, steady rain may help to alleviate the extreme droughts in southern Texas and lesser severe droughts in eastern Texas and Louisiana.
The center of the country has experienced drought conditions since early this past summer. High pressure that persisted for much of May, June and July kept it hot and mainly dry from Denver to Dallas.
The lighter and constant rain through this week, rather than one day's bursts of drenching rain in a thunderstorm, will allow the rain to sink into the ground.
While this rain is not anticipated to erase drought conditions completely, it should help to lessen the effect for the start of 2013.
Some communities on the Florida Peninsula will be hit hard with severe thunderstorms on Wednesday.
As a strong El Niño fades, the weather across the country will slowly change. In much of the eastern United States, a hot summer is in store.
A system with rain and thunderstorms will bring both good and bad news to the western United States later this week.
A massive wildfire burning in Alberta, Canada moved through the city of Fort McMurray, forcing the entire city to be evacuated.
With the return of wet weather in the Northeast, many people are asking: When will the rain go away?
Monroe, LA (1989)
Severe hailstorm (hail as big as oranges) damaged thousands of cars.
El Campo, TX (1991)
Winds gust to 105 mph during a severe thunderstorm.
Prudhoe Bay, AK (1992)
Low temperature of minus 19 -- all-time May low temperature for area.