New Year’s Eve forecast: Arctic chill to close out 2014
The worst of the cold will focus on the Rocky Mountains and northern Plains, but temperatures are forecast to dip below freezing across a majority of the nation on Wednesday night.
“Temperatures will plunge well below zero from portions of the Dakotas and northern Minnesota at night through the end of 2014,” said AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski.
AccuWeather.com RealFeel® Temperatures will be even lower, dropping below zero in cities such as Denver and Chicago.
Folks headed to outdoor venues to ring in the new year, such as Times Square in New York City, will want to dress warm to stay protected from the cold weather.
Wearing gloves, hats, and multiple layers of clothing are suggested to stay warm when spending extended periods of time in the outdoors.
Sosnowski warns, “that while the consumption of alcohol can make you feel warmer, it can sharply lower your core body temperature.”
However, a low pressure system will cause disruptions across much of the Southwest.
The highest impacts will be felt across the region’s interior with accumulating snow falling in Las Vegas, Nevada; Flagstaff, Arizona; and St. George, Utah.
Southern California should avoid the worst of the storm with showers on Wednesday clearing out for overnight celebrations.
If you are traveling across this region on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, you should prepare for delays and allow for extra time to reach your destination.
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Dry weather and below-normal temperatures are forecast to continue for much of the country heading into New Year’s Day.
Texas will be one of the few exceptions to this as rain, drizzle, and even a bit of ice, will spread over the state.
Brian Lada, Meteorologist of AccuWeather.com