After a dry and mild start to the week, showers return to the Seattle area for midweek.
Another storm system moving from the Pacific into the Northwest will bring a return of showers through Thursday.
Any precipitation could worsen the landslide potential in the region, where the ground is heavily saturated from rains earlier in March. Some of those rains have been blamed for a deadly landslide at Oso, Wash., about 30 miles from Everett.
In addition, snow levels along the Cascade Range will remain below pass level as the storm moves in.
Cloudy skies and rain showers look to stay in the area throughout much of the week with a slight dip in temperatures late in the week and into the weekend.
Following a wet, mild Christmas Eve across much of the Northeast, a blustery Christmas Day is on the way.
A potent Christmas Eve storm is also threatening the Ohio Valley with violent thunderstorms.
People who are dreaming of a white Christmas across the Intermountain West may see their dreams come true, while travelers will face some difficulties due to slippery roads.
While lacking across a large part of the United States on Christmas Day, arctic air is set to make a comeback during the final days of 2014.
A winter storm will impact the United Kingdom and central Europe for Boxing Day and the holiday weekend.
While many bowl games will be played in warmer locales this year, there are others that will face cold and potentially wintry conditions in the Midwest and Northeast.
Illinois, Kentucky (1796)
Famous cold day; Cairo, -7.5 degrees, -13 degrees in parts of Kentucky. The Mississippi River became frozen.
Eastern U.S. (1966)
Coastal storm develops in Gulf States & moves up East Coast. "A widespread white Christmas" Thunder & vivid lightning reported along with heavy rain & snow from Baltimore, north to Rhode Island. JFK Airport closed for 24 hours because of drifting. Washington, D.C. 6.5", Baltimore, MD 11", Philadelphia, PA 12.4", Morristown, NJ 12.4", Atlantic City, NJ 6.6", Allentown, PA 13.1", West Chester, PA 24", High Point State Park 19", Central Park, NY 7.1", Poughkeepsie, NY 13", Albany, NY 18.3", Pittsfield, MA 17", Burlington, VT 14.9".
Boston, MA (1966)
67 mph winds blew down Christmas decorations. Storm was of great benefit to holiday skiers; up to 20" of snow in VT and NH mountains.