The cold reprieve unfolding across the United States will not last long with waves of chilly air set to invade many parts of the country in the days leading up to Christmas.
After an unseasonably quiet start to December in the northwestern United States, a significant storm will set its sights on the region spanning Tuesday to Wednesday.
Snow created wintry scenes across the mid-Atlantic and northeastern U.S. this week while wildfires continue to rage in Southern California.
A brief burst of snow will spread over the Northeast's Interstate 95 corridor, threatening to create tricky travel as commuters head home Friday evening.
There is the potential for a 2,200-mile-long stretch of unsettled weather and travel disruptions to set up in the central to eastern United States in the days surrounding Christmas.
A snowstorm whipped across the Northeast and mid-Atlantic Thursday morning. Social media captures the "winter wonderland" created by the snow.
The winter solstice marks the shortest day of the year in terms of hours of daylight.
As frigid air continues to grip Britain, the number of people being admitted to A&E is likely to increase significantly, NHS England has reported.