A brief, but major change to autumn weather in the southern United States will be accompanied by a dose of heavy rain and thunderstorms by early next week.
Residents of the central United States will once again have to contend with rain and a threat for severe weather this weekend.
Catastrophic wildfires are burning through Northern California, while rain led to chaos in Vietnam and South Africa.
A recent study by the Universal Ecological Fund, a nonprofit research organization, found that climate change has cost the United States $240 billion per year over the past decade.
The same storm that produced heavy snow in parts of the Rockies to start the week will send a brief burst of cool air across the central United States.
While spring is the most active time for severe thunderstorms across the United States, autumn brings another heightened risk of severe weather.
Drenching downpours and severe thunderstorms will erupt over parts of the southern and central Plains into Friday night.
Chilly weather is in store for the Northeast, with January ushering in some of the coldest air of the season. Although however cold, lows will pale in comparison to those in the northern Plains where the mercury may dip to minus 30 F.