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
A 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.