This is more than a rumor. It's a lock. The current unsettled pattern is going to break, and the ensuing warm-up will be awesome.

First though, a couple more storms will have to be dealt with. One will come through the Ohio Valley and East Thursday and Friday. The other will cross the Rockies and enter the Great Plains Friday night and Saturday. By the way, that storm coming through the West is likely to bring a few more inches of snow to the greater Denver area.

Once we get those two systems out of the way the weather will suddenly become remarkably nice. Warmer air will blossom Sunday across the Southwest, sending temperatures soaring toward 80 degrees in places like Las Vegas. In Denver, where it snowed today, it will take a run at 60 Sunday afternoon. The Great Plains and Midwest will feel the full effects of the warmth Monday and Tuesday, and the East is next in line.

Story by AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist John Kocet.