Thousands of people across the Middle East remain isolated or without power following one of the worst winter storms in decades across the region.
Parts of Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Israel were hardest hit with heavy mountain snowfall and flooding rain in the lower elevations.
Thousands were without power during the peak of the storm last week, and unfortunately many remain without power as unseasonable cold prevails over the region.
A satellite image taken on Dec. 15, 2013, by NASA shows snowcover over the higher terrain of the region.
Since the beginning of the storm, temperatures have averaged 6.9 degrees C (12.4 F) below normal in Tel Aviv and 8.8 degrees C (15.8 F) below normal in Jerusalem.
These frigid temperatures have resulted in life-threatening conditions for those without power and cut off from any aid by the heavy snowfall or flooding.
The good news is that milder weather is expected to build over the region over the next week, slowly bringing temperatures closer to normal levels.
A car is submerged in snow in the Druze village of Beit Jann on Mt. Meron in the Galilee, northern Israel, Monday, Dec. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Also fuel shipments to the Gaza strip have enabled power to be restored to some areas that suffered widespread flooding from the storm, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The United Nations began shipping supplies to refugees in Syria over the weekend.
Syrian refugees carry aid from charity donated by the local municipality near the ancient Roman city of Baalbek in eastern Lebanon, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. Tens of thousands of impoverished Syrian refugees living in tents, shacks and unfinished buildings throughout Lebanon face a miserable winter as aid organizations scramble to meet their needs, constantly overwhelmed by ever-more Syrians fleeing their country's war. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)
Nights will remain unseasonably cold, however, resulting in dangerous conditions for anyone exposed to elements.
Dry weather will prevail into next week aiding in relief efforts across the entire region.
Sunny skies will continue to bathe the Los Angeles area.
Sunny skies will bathe the Bay Area for the new week.
Well-above normal temperatures will highlight the weekend in Seattle.
Off-and-on showers and thunderstorms will be in the picture for the coming week in Dallas.
The body of a missing Austin, Texas sheriff's deputy was found in a lake Friday afternoon, The Associated Press reports.
Hurricane Odile slammed into Baja California, Mexico earlier this week, bringing life-threatening impacts as a Category 3 hurricane.
A total of 9 inches of rain in 6 hours causes flooding on Sugar Creek.
Central U.S. (1991)
Very early cold snap..... Location Temp Record Peoria, Ill. 32 33/1918 Burlington, Iowa 32 35/1918 Chicago, Ill. 36 38/1956 Indianapolis, Ind. 36 37/1956 Waterloo, Iowa 27 31/1971
Denver, CO ()
4-9" of heavy wet snow fell, downing tree limbs and causing power outages.