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New Year`s Eve US Weather: From Nice to Snowy

By By Kristina Pydynowski, Senior Meteorologist
January 01, 2012, 3:35:47 AM EST

Many people throughout the U.S. are eagerly awaiting tonight's New Year's Eve celebrations and Mother Nature has a variety of weather planned to ring in 2012.

It will be hard to ask for better weather for New Year's Eve than what is expected tonight across the South and East.

While revelers spending the holiday outdoors will still want to wear jackets and hats, temperatures will be fairly comfortable for this time of year.

In fact, most of the Northeast will experience temperatures at midnight that are near or even slightly warmer than typical late December highs.

Temperatures in New York City normally struggle to climb out of the 30s on the last day of the year, but will be an enjoyable 45 degrees when the ball drops in Times Square.

Dry weather will also prevail throughout the majority of the East and South following the departure of the storm that started today on a slick note in the Northeast.


A bit of freezing drizzle will make the interior of northern New England the exception. The other less than desirable weather in the East and South will be areas of dense fog along the Gulf Coast.

The Upper Midwest, including Minneapolis and Duluth, will ring in 2012 with the worst weather across the United States. Wind-whipped snow will create headaches for motorists traveling to or from New Year's Eve festivities.

The same storm delivering the snow will whip up howling winds from the northern Plains to Chicago and St. Louis by the time 2011 comes to a close.

The winds will be ushering in bitterly cold air from the depths of the arctic, meaning anyone heading outside will definitely want to bundle up.

Dangerously cold subzero RealFeel® temperatures will grip Glasgow, Mont., Fargo, N.D., and Aberdeen, S.D., by the time the clock strikes midnight.


Gusty winds will be largely absent from the Rockies, but there will be no shortage of colder air. Temperatures at midnight will be roughly 15 degrees colder than 24 hours prior in Salt Lake City and Denver.

The Rockies will join the Southwest in starting 2012 on a dry note with high pressure overhead. Temperatures in Los Angeles and Phoenix, however, will remain comfortable.

Most of the Northwest will also be dry for New Year's Eve celebrations, but a bit of rain will make the coasts of northern Oregon and Washington the exceptions. Any rain should wait until after midnight to reach Seattle.

Away from the contiguous United States, brutal cold is the theme for Alaska for New Year's Eve. The snow will set the stage for snow in Juneau, while Anchorage stays dry.

Nothing more than a few windward showers will dampen parts of Hawaii.

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