Two potent storms will affect Saturday playoff games with windswept rain.
With the polar vortex out of the picture for a while, fans and players on Saturday will not have to be concerned about bitterly cold air or blizzard conditions in Seattle, Wash., and Foxboro, Mass.
However, drenching, windswept rain is in the offing for both Saturday playoff games.
For fans traveling a distance to get to the games on Saturday, enough rain can fall to cause poor drainage problems on area roads. Fog and low cloud ceilings could also slow travel.
In the Northwest, snow levels will lower to pass levels in the Cascades on Saturday, where more than a foot of snow can fall through the weekend.
Both storm systems are strong enough to produce rare January thunderstorms on Saturday.
There is a chance of thunder and lightning being produced by the storm in the Northwest around Seattle during the afternoon and evening.
In the East, locally severe thunderstorms are possible over the southern part of the Atlantic Seaboard. While a few storms can reach into the mid-Atlantic, they are less likely to reach as far north as New England by Saturday evening. However, there is a remote chance of some thunder and lightning at Foxboro.
Dry weather is forecast for both playoff games on Sunday.
Almost perfect football weather is in store for the game at Charlotte, N.C., early on Sunday afternoon.
Gusty winds potentially could be an issue for the game at bit later at Denver.
Another visit from the Polar Vortex will deliver unseasonably cool air to the Midwest, preceded by rounds of thunderstorms, including severe weather.
Welcome dry weather for cleanup efforts across Japan in the wake of Neoguri will be brief.
As the Northeast continues to clean up from destructive storms early this week, more rounds of severe weather and flash flooding loom for early next week.
Heat-related dangers will be on the rise over the weekend for much of the Northwest as scorching heat settles in.
A 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck off the east coast of Honshu approximately 94 miles away from Namie, Japan. Tsunami Advisory and Warnings have been cancelled for northeastern Japan, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency.
Parts of the South will get major relief from heat, humidity and storms next week while other locations will be at greater risk for flash flooding.
Sampson Co., NC (1961)
Nine tobacco workers aged 13-70 were struck by lightning while taking shelter in a tobacco barn. Lightning struck metal heating system against which victims were leaning. One survived, Three others under open shelter outside the building were unhurt.
Norfolk, VA (1984)
A Navy seaman was struck and killed by lightning.
Virginia Beach, VA (1990)
8.9 inches of rain in the Pembroke section of the city resulted in major flooding.