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New Year’s Eve Weather: Mild or Wild? Get Our Forecast

Ready to ring in 2020? New Year’s Eve, one of the most festive nights of the year, is fast approaching. Whether you’re planning on celebrating indoors or out, you’ll want to check our long-range weather predictions first. Looks like temperatures for many—just like the ball in Time Square—will be dropping!

Here’s a look at what we’re predicting for your region for Tuesday, December 31st to Wednesday, January 1st:


Zone 1 – Northeast and New England
New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Washington D.C.
The year ends on a blustery, colder note, with frequent snow showers, flurries. A cold front brings rain/snow showers. Plan on a wet and windy day for the Mummers Parade in Philadelphia.

Zone 2 – Great Lakes, Ohio Valley & Midwest
Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Wisconsin
A cold, dry end to 2019, followed by a sharp cold front that brings gusty winds and widespread snow showers.

Zone 3 – Southeast U.S.
Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida
Sunny weather as the year comes to a close.Storm from Gulf of Mexico brings showery rains.

Zone 4 – North Central U.S.
Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana
Moisture from Pacific Northwest threat of snow as 2019 comes to an end. Then fair and cold for New Year’s Day.

Zone 5 – South Central U.S.
Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico
Rain and wet snow possible as the year comes to a close. Then fair and cold for 1st.

Zone 6 – Northwest U.S.
Washington, Oregon, Idaho
Rain and mixed precipitation closes out 2019, then fair/chilly for the first day of 2020.

Zone 7 – Southwest U.S.
California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona
A dry, chilly end to 2019 followed by fair and cold conditions. Brisk winds for Tournament of Roses Parade.

What’s in store for the rest of the winter? Check out our extended forecast here.

Canadian Forecast:


Here’s a look at what we’re predicting for your region for Tuesday, December 31st to Wednesday, January 1st:

Zone 1 – Newfoundland, Labrador
Showers of rain and wet snow, followed by blustery winds with frequent snow showers and flurries.

Zone 2 – Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec
Blustery and colder, with frequent snow showers and flurries to end 2019. Approaching cold front brings rain and snow showers for the 1st.

Zone 3 – Ontario
Blustery and much colder weather sweeps in with frequent snow showers and flurries as 2019 comes to a close. Then a sharp cold front brings gusty winds and widespread snow showers for the beginning of 2020.

Zone 4 – Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan
Moisture and energy from British Columbia bring a renewed threat of snow for New Year’s Eve, then conditions turn fair and cold.

Zone 5 – British Columbia
A slug of moisture and energy hits British Columbia and heads east to close out the year, followed by fair and quite chilly conditions.

What’s in store for the rest of the winter in Canada? 

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