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New Years Eve forecast: Will the weather affect your celebration?

New Years Eve forecast: Will the weather affect your celebration?


  • This year’s ball drop in Times Square looks to be rather quiet, weatherwise.
  • One very soggy spot on New Year’s Eve will be the Pacific Northwest.
  • Typically cold temperatures will chill partygoers in the northern Plains and Upper Midwest.
Most Americans will see rather calm weather for New Year’s Eve, forecasters said, thanks to a lack of extreme cold or big storms across the nation Tuesday.
There are a few exceptions where partygoers will have to bundle up or grab an umbrella before heading out.
At the U.S.’s most famous New Year’s Eve celebration – Times Square in New York City – the weather will cooperate, for the most part.
Unlike the bitter cold of two years ago or the rain showers last year, this year’s ball drop in Times Square looks to be rather quiet, weatherwise.
“The weather for the ball drop on Times Square this year is likely to be tame and not a major issue for the crowds,” AccuWeather Northeast weather expert Dave Dombeck said. Temperatures will fall slowly through the 40s as the night progresses, AccuWeather said, though pesky winds of 7-14 mph will add to the chill.
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The storm that brought snow and ice to portions of the Northeast on Monday will linger in the area on New Year’s Eve, the National Weather Service said. It will bring some snow squalls to portions of western Pennsylvania and upstate New York and steady snow to northern New England, AccuWeather said.
One very damp spot on New Year’s Eve will be the Pacific Northwest: The weather service said a storm system will bring widespread rain and mountain snows to much of the region, beginning Tuesday and lasting into the new year.
“A storm looks to make for a soggy New Year’s Eve along the northern part of Interstate 5 in the Pacific Northwest, including Seattle,” AccuWeather senior meteorologist Brett Anderson said.
At the opposite end of the country, a few light showers are possible in south Florida, including Miami, where temperatures will be in the balmy 70s at midnight.
Elsewhere, much of the USA looks fairly dry and tranquil. Celebrations in New Orleans, Dallas, Los Angeles and Las Vegas will all see clear skies.
Typically cold temperatures will chill partygoers in the northern Plains and Upper Midwest. In Chicago, outdoor partiers will have to bundle up as temperatures hit the upper 20s at midnight, and a brisk wind adds to the chill.
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Confetti rains down on Times Square in New York on New Year's Day.
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