On the other hand, Northern California and the Pacific Northwest are set to get some heavy snowfall this holiday. In the Sierra Nevada, the snowpack is higher than average — which has become a rarity recently in light of California's drought, The Los Angeles Times reports:
"The storms, which are likely to continue into Friday, have fattened the mountain snowpack to levels California hasn't seen for two years, said Steve Nemeth, water supply forecaster for the state Department of Water Resources."
On a more serious note, parts of the South and Midwest have experienced deadly heavy rains, flooding and tornadoes, as we previously reported.
And much, much farther afield, NASA says an asteroid is set to fly past Earth on Christmas Eve. But the agency's Paul Chodas says there's no reason to be worried — "The closest this object will come to Santa and his eight tiny reindeer is about 28 times the distance between Earth and the moon."