Significant severe weather is likely across parts of the Midwest Monday and Monday night with damaging wind, large hail and tornadoes.
The area does include Joplin, Mo., however, we do not expect to see the large, damaging tornadoes that devastated Joplin last month.
Very hot and steamy air will once again be found across much of the South on Monday. Temperatures across Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas will flirt with the century mark. Very warm air will also spread well into the nation's heartland.
This hot and steamy air will surge north out of the Gulf of Mexico and will join with cool air advancing into the Plains behind a cold front. Where these two different air masses meet will be the battlefield were violent storms will develop.
People living in eastern Nebraska, Iowa, western and northern Missouri, eastern Kansas and Oklahoma are most likely to see strong and damaging storms. Northern and central parts of Illinois and Indiana could also get into the action.
The threat with these storms will be large hail, damaging wind and tornadoes. Flooding downpours will also be possible over an area which doesn't need the rain due to flooding along the Missouri River.
Areas with the greatest chance of being hit with tornadoes will be north of I-70 in northern Missouri, northeastern Kansas, Iowa and eastern Nebraska.
Tuesday, the bulk of the action will slide off to the east affecting the Great Lakes and Mississippi Valley.
The train of storms that has pushed through California this month has brought welcome snow to Southern California ski resorts and helped launch their season after a slow start.
After a few mild days at the start of next week, temperatures will fall in time to create some wintry weather and travel woes for Christmas.
Following benign weather this weekend, a major storm will affect Pittsburgh, much of the East and Midwest on Christmas Eve.
Following benign weather this weekend, a major storm will affect Boston, much of the East and Midwest on Christmas Eve.
Following benign weather this weekend, a major storm will affect Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, much of the East and Midwest on Christmas Eve.
A weekend with continuing showers and unsettled conditions is in store for the Atlanta area.
Flagstaff, AZ (1967)
End of record 7-day snowstorm; total 83" snow.
Lancaster, CA (1984)
Ended up with about a foot of snow. One spot in Kern County (North of LA) had 19" of snow.
Arctic blast causes temperatures to plunge to 20 to 30 below zero.