Instead of heading to the beach for Fourth of July festivities, thousands of Californians will hit the slopes to enjoy rare late-season skiing due to bountiful winter snowfall.
The weather has turned a cold shoulder on much of the western United States with chilly rain and mountain snow interrupting summer activities.
A blast of unseasonably cold air, gusty thunderstorms and mountain snow will spread across the West this weekend into next week.
After a stretch of dry and warm weather graced the Pacific Northwest last week, winterlike chill and damp, dreary conditions will return through midweek.
The weather pattern responsible for unseasonably chilly conditions, and in some cases frost, will continue over the northeastern United States into part of next week.
The chilly air swinging through the northeastern United States will not relinquish its grip until at least the middle of May.
It will feel like the calendar has been turned back to winter instead of moving ahead to May as disruptive snow continues to sweep across the midwestern United States into Monday evening.