When will the midwestern, eastern US face a major storm, harsh cold?

Despite December starting and kicking off meteorological winter later next week, it may take until later in the month for the eastern half of the United States to face a major storm or harsh cold.

With Thanksgiving over, many residents are already getting into the Christmas spirit with putting up decorations and buying presents to put under the tree.

However, the weather is not doing its part to make it feel like the holidays are right around the corner. The break from the persistent cold and major storms over Thanksgiving will remain the theme across the Central and Eastern states through early December.

“We expect a relatively fast west to east jet stream pattern,” AccuWeather Long-Range Meteorologist Evan Duffey said. The jet stream is a quick-moving river of air along which storms travel.

“This fast flow will cause any storm that moves inland from the Pacific Ocean to struggle to get moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean,” Duffey said, “and will make it difficult for frigid air to plunge southward into the U.S.”

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Winter weather 2016-2017 -- snow, ice and sleet
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Dogs walk through the snow during a spring snow storm in Boston, Massachusetts April 4, 2016.

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People walk through Times Square during a snow storm on January 7, 2017 in New York City.

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A woman walks in the snow at Times Square in New York U.S., January 31, 2017.

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A man sweeps the street after snow fell in Manhattan, New York City, U.S. December 17, 2016.

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A young child smiles while catching snow flakes on his tongue during snow flurries in New York, U.S., January 31, 2017.

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Semi-truck driver Don Kerns removes chains from his truck during record rain and snow outside Lakeview, Oregon, U.S., January 5, 2017.

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A snowman stands in Times Square following a morning snow in Manhattan, New York City, U.S. December 17, 2016.

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A man skis under a snowfall in Central Park during a winter storm on January 7, 2017 in New York.

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A woman walks through snow as it falls in New York City, U.S., January 31, 2017.

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A general view of snow covered seats at New Era Field before a game between the Buffalo Bills and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Snow falls in the streets of Chicago, United States on December 11, 2016.

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Siblings (L-R) Leo, Max and Zoe Zavrachy, on vacation from Ireland, ride down a snow covered hill on Boston Common during a snow storm on the second day of spring in Boston, Massachusetts March 21, 2016.


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A person crosses Delancey Street during morning snow in Manhattan, New York City, U.S. December 17, 2016.

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A woman walks through snow as it falls in New York, U.S., January 31, 2017.

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A worker clears the snow from the crosswalk in Times Square, Manhattan, New York City, U.S. December 17, 2016.

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A person walks over the Brooklyn Bridge during morning snow in Manhattan, New York City, U.S. December 17, 2016.

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Snow is cleared from the Donner Pass rest area at Donner Pass summit during a winter storm, near Truckee, California, U.S. January 7, 2017.

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People walk under a snowfall as they visit Central Park during a Winter storm on January 7, 2017 in New York.

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People walk under a snowfall as they visit Central Park during a winter storm on January 7, 2017 in New York.

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Children play under a snowfall in Central Park during a winter storm on January 7, 2017 in New York.

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A woman falls down as people walk under a snowfall as they visit Central Park during a winter storm on January 7, 2017 in New York.

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People walk amid a snowfall in Central Park during a Winter storm on January 7, 2017 in New York.

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A snow boarder prepares his gear at the Mount Rose Highway summit during a winter storm near Incline Village, Nevada, U.S., January 7, 2017.

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Motorists travel through heavy snow on the Mount Rose Highway during a winter storm near Incline Village, Nevada, U.S., January 7, 2017.

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A person prepares to throw a snowball at their companion during a winter snow storm in Medford, Massachusetts, U.S. January 7, 2017.

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Marine One blows up a cloud of snow as it lands on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, U.S., January 7, 2017.

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Two dogs play in the snow during a winter snow storm in Medford, Massachusetts, U.S. January 7, 2017.

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A pedestrian walks through the snow during a winter storm in Medford, Massachusetts, U.S. January 7, 2017.

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People walk through Central Park during a snow storm in New York City, U.S. January 7, 2017.

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People walk through Central Park during a snow storm on January 7, 2017 in New York City.

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A woman plays under a snowfall in Central Park during a winter storm on January 7, 2017 in New York.

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People walk through Times Square during a snow storm on January 7, 2017 in New York City.

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People walk along The Mall in Central Park during a snow storm on January 7, 2017 in New York City.

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A snowboarder rides over a ridge of snow in the afternoon sunlight on the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of year at Hunter Mountain ski area in Hunter, New York, U.S., December 21, 2016.

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People walk through Central Park following morning snow in Manhattan, New York City, U.S. December 17, 2016.

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A young Native American man rides his horse through the snow near the Oceti Sakowin camp as "water protectors" continue to demonstrate against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, North Dakota, U.S., December 4, 2016.

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Snow falls in the streets of Chicago, United States on December 11, 2016.

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Footsteps can be seen on a recently cleared sidewalk during a spring snow storm in Boston, Massachusetts April 4, 2016.

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A pedestrian crosses the road during a snow storm on the second day of spring in Boston, Massachusetts March 21, 2016.

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Snow falls in the streets of Chicago, United States on December 11, 2016.

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A woman with an umbrella walks through the snow during a spring snow storm in Boston, Massachusetts April 4, 2016.

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A cyclist passes pedestrians on a sidewalk on 12th Avenue in the Manhattan borough of New York City as snow falls February 15, 2016.

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A woman stands on a snow covered path at Central Park in New York, U.S., January 6, 2017.

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Snow falls in the streets of Chicago, United States on December 11, 2016.

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CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 11: Snow falls in the streets of Chicago, United States on December 11, 2016. (Photo by Bilgin Sasmaz/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

A man walks in the snow at Times Square in New York U.S., January 31, 2017.

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New England Patriots fans are seen standing in the snow, sleet, and freezing rain in anticipation of seeing their team at city hall plaza during Super Bowl LI victory parade in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., February 7, 2017.

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BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 13: A woman and her grandchilden sled on Boston Common following a winter storm February 13, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. Another winter storm has brought heavy snow and wind to the region. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 13: A woman feeds pigeons near the Boston Common following a winter storm February 13, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. Another winter storm has brought heavy snow and wind to the region. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 13: A worker uses a tractor to plow the sidewalks around the Boston Common following a winter storm February 13, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. Another winter storm has brought heavy snow and wind to the region. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
LYNNFIELD, MA - FEBRUARY 13: A snow plow works to widen a street during a snow storm February 13, 2017 in Lynnfield, Massachusetts. Another winter storm has brought heavy snow and wind to the region. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 12: Ross Wilson, 9, of Boston and his brother, Sam, 7, take advantage of the snow as they sled down a hill on the Boston Common in Boston on Feb. 12, 2017. (Photo by Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
QUINCY, MA - FEBRUARY 9: An owl toughs out the blizzard sweeping through the region on a branch in the Squantum neighborhood of Quincy, MA on Feb. 9, 2017. (Photo by Stan Grossfeld/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
QUINCY, MA - FEBRUARY 9: Snow and ice coat the window of an inbound MBTA Red Line train at Quincy Central station in Quincy, MA on Feb. 9, 2017. MBTA trains kept running as a blizzard swept through the region. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
Pedestrians walk up a street on Beacon Hill during white-out, blizzard-like conditions in a winter nor'easter snow storm in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S. February 9, 2017. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Residents dig out following a winter snow storm in the Boston suburb of Wakefield, Massachusetts, U.S. February 13, 2017. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Surfers take advantage of wind and waves from a winter snow storm in Gloucester, Massachusetts, U.S. February 13, 2017. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
A man clears snow off his vehicle following a winter snow storm in Somerville, Massachusetts, U.S. February 13, 2017. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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As a result, storminess across the Central and Eastern states is expected to be largely limited to quick-hitting cold fronts into early December.

A few of these fronts may cause rain to change to snow in the Appalachian Mountains or touch off brief lake-effect snow showers in their wake. However, most fronts will either struggle to deliver any wet or wintry weather or produce only rain.

The lack of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico will help put a lid on severe weather.

“There will be occasional cold that moves across the northern and eastern areas of the U.S. behind these fronts, but the extent and degree of the cold will not be extreme,” AccuWeather Lead Long-Range Meteorologist Paul Pastelok said.

“However, we expect more warm days than cold into early December,” Duffey said.

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One such warm spell will pour from the Plains to the East through the first half of next week.

The overall mild and quiet pattern will offer residents plenty of opportunities to do outdoor decorating, shopping or enjoy a football game without having to bundle up. Some may even consider firing up the grill for dinner.

“Many home and business owners may be able to save some money on heating costs,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski said. “However, the pattern may pose challenges for the ski industry and people who depend on income from snow removal.”

Later during the first full week of December, there are signs that the weather pattern will change and bring an increase in storms to the eastern half of the U.S.

Pastelok anticipates that pattern will favor storms cutting up through the Midwest and Plains. Any snow would tend to fall north and west of these storms with rain along the I-95 corridor.

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Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival
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A laborer works beside a large snow sculpture ahead of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, January 5, 2016.

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A boy takes a ride on an ice sculpture illuminated by colored lights at the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival to celebrate the new year in Harbin on January 4, 2017.

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Artists and workers prepare ice and snow sculptures for the upcoming Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, December 16, 2016. 

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An artist polishes an ice sculpture for the upcoming Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, December 19, 2016. 

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Performers perform on the stage during the opening ceremony of Beijing Ice and Snow Cultural Tourism Festival on December 30, 2016 in Beijing, China. The first Beijing Ice and Snow Cultural Tourism Festival started from December 30, which will last a total of over one month altogether. The first Beijing Ice and Snow Cultural Tourism Festival aims to invite tourists around the World to travel to Beijing in Winter.

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Artists prepare a snow sculpture for the upcoming Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, December 17, 2016.

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A snow sculpture is seen for the upcoming Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, December 17, 2016. 

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People visit the ice sculptures illuminated by colored lights at Harbin ice and snow world to celebrate the new year in Harbin city of China on January 1 2017.The opening ceremony of the 33nd Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival will open in 04 January 2017.

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Artists and workers prepare a snow sculpture for the upcoming Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, December 17, 2016. 

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People visit the ice sculptures illuminated by colored lights at Harbin ice and snow world to celebrate the new year in Harbin city of China on January 1 2017.The opening ceremony of the 33nd Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival will open in 04 January 2017.

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People visit ice sculptures illuminated by colored lights at the Harbin Harbin Ice & Snow world to celebrate the 18th Harbin Ice & Snow world opening Ceremony in Harbin on January 5, 2017.

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Workers pull a giant ice cube out of the frozen Songhua River as they extract ice to make sculptures for the upcoming Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, December 17, 2016. 

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People visit ice sculptures illuminated by colored lights on the opening day of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, January 5, 2016.

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A view of structures built of ice during the opening night of the annual tourist attraction, Ice and Snow World, on December 21, 2016 in Harbin, China.

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A large snow sculpture is seen ahead of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, January 5, 2016.

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A view of structures built of ice during the opening night of the annual tourist attraction, Ice and Snow World, on December 21, 2016 in Harbin, China.

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Newly-wed couples attend their group wedding ceremony which was held as part of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, January 6, 2016.

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A view of structures built of ice during the opening night of the annual tourist attraction, Ice and Snow World, on December 21, 2016 in Harbin, China.

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Laborers work at a large snow sculpture ahead of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, January 5, 2016.

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Artists and workers prepare an ice sculpture for the upcoming Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, December 16, 2016. 

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A horse stands in front of ice sculptures ahead of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, January 4, 2016.

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People visit ice sculptures illuminated by colored lights at the Harbin Harbin Ice & Snow world to celebrate the 18th Harbin Ice & Snow world opening Ceremony in Harbin on January 5, 2017.

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Artists and workers prepare snow sculptures for the upcoming Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, December 15, 2016.

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A reindeer is seen as people visit ice sculptures illuminated by colored lights at the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival to celebrate the new year in Harbin on January 4, 2017.

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A worker take the skateboard at Harbin ice and snow world to celebrate the new year in Harbin city of China on January 1 2017.

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A worker polishes an ice sculpture ahead of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, January 4, 2016.

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People visit the ice sculptures illuminated by colored lights at Harbin ice and snow world to celebrate the new year in Harbin city of China on January 1 2017.The opening ceremony of the 33rd Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival will open in 04 January 2017.

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A worker polishes an ice sculpture ahead of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, January 4, 2016.

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People visit the ice sculptures illuminated by colored lights at Harbin ice and snow world to celebrate the new year in Harbin city of China on January 1 2017.The opening ceremony of the 33rd Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival will open on January 4, 2017.

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A worker polishes an ice sculpture ahead of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, January 4, 2016.

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People visit ice sculptures illuminated by colored lights at the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival to celebrate the new year in Harbin on January 4, 2017.

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People look around ice sculptures ahead of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival in the northern city of Harbin, Heilongjiang province, January 4, 2016.

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People visit ice sculptures illuminated by colored lights at the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival to celebrate the new year in Harbin on January 4, 2017.

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A worker prepares an ice sculpture for the upcoming Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, in Harbin, Heilongjiang province, China, December 17, 2016. 

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People tour between structures built of ice in the Ice and Snow World on December 31, 2016 in China, Harbin.

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An aerial view of structures built of ice in the Ice and Snow World on December 31, 2016 in China, Harbin.

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Workers cut ice on the frozen surface of a lake on January 02, 2016 in Shenyang, China. The ice blocks are to be used in building ice structures for sight-seeing.

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Workers cut ice on the frozen surface of a lake on January 02, 2016 in Shenyang, China. The ice blocks are to be used in building ice structures for sight-seeing.

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People visit ice sculptures illuminated by colored lights at the Harbin Harbin Ice & Snow world to celebrate the 18th Harbin Ice & Snow world opening Ceremony in Harbin on January 5, 2017.

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Contestants create ice sculptures during an international ice sculpture contest in Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, Jan. 3, 2017.

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People visit the ice sculptures illuminated by colored lights at Harbin ice and snow world to celebrate the new year in Harbin city of China on January 1 2017.

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It may take even longer for harsh cold to arrive.

“Later in December, perhaps closer to the third week, a change will occur where more extreme cold will enter the U.S.,” Pastelok said. “The cold may first plunge across the northern Plains and Upper Midwest, then eastward just before the holiday.”

The cold may be so harsh across the northern Plains that December as a whole will be below normal despite the warmth start to the month.

“It will definitely feel like winter beyond the holidays as we expect January to be significantly colder,” Duffey said.

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