The first total eclipse of the moon since December 2011 will be visible in North America, just in time to greet last-minute tax filers in the United States.
However, many Americans may not be in a good place to see the eclipse because of cloudy and rainy conditions.
The total lunar eclipse, resulting from the Earth's position between the moon and sun, will occur early Tuesday morning, EDT.
Graphic by Al Blasko for AccuWeather.com
The eclipse will begin at 12:53 a.m. EDT Tuesday. It will reach totality at 3:06 a.m. EDT and end at 4:24 a.m. EDT.
Viewing conditions will be poor in the eastern United States, except for South Florida, AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Brian Edwards said.
"A front will stretch from central Quebec down through the Appalachians into the Gulf Coast," Edwards said. "It will bring clouds, showers and even thunder in the South and mid-Atlantic. It will be mostly dry but clouds will be streaming into eastern New England."
High pressure systems over the Canadian Prairies, Texas and Oklahoma will be in control bringing clear skies and good viewing conditions to the central U.S. and parts of the Southwest, Edwards said.
"A storm off the Pacific Northwest coast will bring clouds and showers to western Washington and northwestern Oregon," he said.
In addition to the eclipse, Mars will be on a close approach to the Earth, about 57 million miles away.
A lunar eclipse is seen in the sky beside a statue of Buddha in Kurunegala, Sri Lanka, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, the last time there was a total lunar eclipse until the overnight hours of April 14 and 15, 2014. (AP Photo/ Eranga Jayawardena)
Travel hazards, delays and disruptions associated with rain, ice and snow will continue over the Central states through the balance of the Thanksgiving weekend.
The current reprieve from heavy rain across southern India will not last long with the threat for flooding downpours set to return for the final days of November.
Sandra is weakening and no longer a major hurricane but remains on track to make landfall in western Mexico with flooding rainfall on Saturday.
Heavy thunderstorms will continue to shift northward across central South America with the greatest threat for flooding focusing on northeastern Argentina and eastern Paraguay into Saturday morning.
Several days of heavy rain will bring the potential for significant flooding from the southern Plains to the middle Mississippi Valley into early next week.
Snow and ice storms have taken aim at the Central U.S. this week, while record-setting Sandra strengthened into a major hurricane south of Mexico.
Nation devastated by terrible floods -- 400 people killed.
O'Fallon, MD (1990)
Strong downburst from a thunderstorm caused an apartment to collapse, injuring 25 people.
New England Coast (1898)
Famous "Portland" storm formed off Cape Cod with loss of 200 lives. Many others were lost to the raging sea in 50 small vessels. A total of 27 inches of snow in New London, CT; 15 inches at Waterbury, CT. Peak wind was 72 mph in Boston. Boston received more than a foot of snow.