Soggy celebrations? Here’s your New Year’s Eve weather forecast

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  • Some areas could see rain, thunderstorms, snow or even ice.
  • There could also be some severe thunderstorms – including the chance for tornadoes – in the South.
  • Another storm will bring rain and snow to the Northwest on both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Fitting for the last day of 2020, a pair of storms could put a damper on New Year’s Eve celebrations across large portions of the USA.

Some areas could see rain, thunderstorms, snow or even ice, said.

“There will be two weather systems to watch for New Year’s Eve and Day: one in the Midwest, South and East, and another in the Northwest,” meteorologist Chris Dolce said.

The storm in the eastern half of the nation will bring unwelcome heavy rain to some areas: AccuWeather forecasters say locations from the Great Lakes region to the Appalachians and Southeast should be ready for what could be a soggy New Year’s Eve.

Ground conditions are already saturated across many of these areas, and the additional rainfall may result in flooding and rising river levels, the National Weather Service said.

Teresa Hui, 39, poses for selfies Monday as New York City's Times Square prepares for New Year's Eve festivities.

“This can be another windy and wet cold front for the eastern part of the nation from Dec. 31 to Jan. 1,” AccuWeather meteorologist Paul Pastelok said.

At Times Square in New York City, site of what’s usually the nation’s most famous celebration, the few revelers who are out and about should see rain and temperatures in the 40s, according to the weather service.  

There also could be severe thunderstorms – including the chance for tornadoes – to end the year across portions of the Deep South and the Southeast, the weather service said. 

A major storm will bring rain, snow and ice to the eastern U.S. on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

Adding to the dreariness, an icy mix could also develop from Missouri and Arkansas to New York and Pennsylvania on New Year’s Eve. Finally, snow is likely in portions of the eastern Great Lakes region. 

Meanwhile, another storm will bring rain and snow to the Northwest on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. While rain is likely along the coast, snow could lead to slippery travel for those venturing over the higher terrain from the Cascades of Washington to the mountains of Montana, Wyoming and Colorado, AccuWeather said.

Looking for clear skies for your New Year’s celebrations? Areas from the Southwest into the northern and central Plains and upper Midwest have the highest chance of staying dry, according to

Temperatures will be chilly, however, in the central U.S.: Fresh cold air will have descended on the nation’s midsection by New Year’s Eve, and high temperatures will be in the teens, 20s and 30s  across the Midwest and 40s and 50s farther south, AccuWeather said.

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