There is the risk of damaging thunderstorms, including the potential for a tornado in the Kansas City area, Saturday.
A strengthening storm system swinging up from California will mark an end to the tranquil weather being experienced over much of the nation in recent weeks. The system will also kick off the secondary severe weather season with a large outbreak of powerful thunderstorms.
After a push of cooler air runs its course Friday, stiff southerly winds will quickly bring in warmer and more humid air during Saturday across western Missouri and eastern Kansas.
The setup will produce storms with the potential for damaging wind gusts, large hail and flash flooding over thousands of square miles of the Plains Friday and Saturday.
Depending on the amount of sunshine and warming that takes place during Saturday in eastern Kansas and western Missouri, some of the storms may become severe in the local area from the middle of the afternoon into the evening.
With this situation, there could be a few tornadoes spawned in the strongest storms stretching from southwestern Wisconsin to eastern Oklahoma.
People with outdoor plans or traveling through the I-35, I-70 and I-80 corridors will want to stay on top of the weather in this potentially dangerous situation.
Sunday will bring a return to more tranquil weather conditions with some sunshine. However, there will be a gusty breeze.
Temperatures will trend colder through the remainder of 2014 in Minneapolis as fresh arctic air returns to the city.
This weekend will be one of the busiest travel periods of the year across the country as millions people head home from Christmas travels.
A storm will bring bring the risk of flooding from Louisiana to Alabama this weekend, while rain may lead to travel delays in a large part of the South.
A winter storm affecting the United Kingdom will spread rain and disruptive snow to central Europe this weekend.
A storm will spread rain and disruptive snow to from parts of France and Germany to northern Greece and Bulgaria this weekend.
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.
St. Cloud, MN (1996)
Record low of -34 degrees; old record of -29 was set in 1914.
Corpus Christi, TX (2004)
24 degrees: this broke the old daily record low of 26 set in 1983.
East Coast (1909)
Severe coastal storm - record high tides in New England. Dover, DE had 24" snow. Philadelphia, PA had 21" snow.