At a Glance

  • Dry conditions are expected for much of the Lower 48 on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
  • There will be some rain and snow in the interior Northeast, Northwest and the south-central states.
  • Most of the contiguous U.S. will experience temperatures near or above average.


    Snow and rain may impact some New Year’s plans for those in the Northwest, interior Northeast and southern Texas.

    However, most of the Lower 48 can expect generally dry conditions on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.


    Below, we take a closer look at the holiday forecast.

    New Year’s Eve Forecast

    potent winter storm will pull away from the Northeast and Great Lakes on Tuesday, which will result in drier conditions and decreasing winds. Some snow showers may linger in northern New England into New Year’s Eve. Lake-effect snow will continue behind this system New Year’s Eve in the Great Lakes. Temperatures will be in the 40s toward the Interstate 95 corridor, with 30s farther inland.

    The remainder of the East, South and Midwest will enjoy dry conditions and near average temperatures. The exception will be in far southern Texas, where a few showers are possible as another system begins to organize in northern Mexico.

    Rain and mountain snow will also fall in the Pacific Northwest as the next system approaches the West Coast.

    Much of the Intermountain West will have dry conditions with below average temperatures. Temperatures there will generally range from the teens to the 30s in the interior West.



    New Year’s Day Forecast

    The first day of the new year will have generally tranquil conditions across the Lower 48.

    A few lake-effect snow showers are expected in the eastern Great Lakes, and a few lingering snow showers are also possible in northern New England. The rest of the East will enjoy dry conditions with temperatures near to slightly above average.

    Showers will increase from southern and eastern Texas into western Louisiana on New Year’s Day. Temperatures will generally be in the 50s there.

    (MORE: January 2020 Temperature Outlook)

    A dry start to the year is anticipated in the Midwest, and temperatures will be above average. Highs will range from the 20s near the Canadian border to the 50s in the mid-Mississippi Valley.

    Snow showers are possible farther west in the Rockies, with rain and mountain snow in the Pacific Northwest. The Southwest can expect a dry day with highs near or slightly below average.