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New Year's Eve Weather Outlook

UPDATED 8:15 AM EST, December 31, 2012

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen

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The final day of 2012 will end with a taste of winter across the central Plains and Midwest, while a well-deserved break from the recent active weather streak greets residents across the West and East Coasts.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Katie Ferrier has the latest in her exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook.

A low pressure will develop across the Southwest and bring plenty of Pacific moisture into the southern Rockies and central Plains today. Umbrellas will be needed from Texas to Tennessee and Kentucky, while a touch of snow blankets the ground between New Mexico and Ohio. Snowfall accumulations will be heaviest along Interstate 70 in Kansas and Missouri, where 2 to 4 inches will be possible; an inch or two will be common elsewhere.

Rain and mountain snow showers will come to an end across the Southwest, while a few flurries hang on through the start of 2013 in the southern Rockies.

Not to be left out, showers and a few rumbles of thunder will continue from Tyler, Texas, to Nashville, Tenn., through Midnight.

Other than a few snow showers in the Cascades, the West, northern Plains, Great Lakes and East Coast will stay dry through the late evening. Clouds will increase across the northern Mid-Atlantic and Northeast with a few pesky snow showers creeping in after dark from Erie, Pa., to northern Maine.

Hats, gloves, and winter jackets will be in high demand across the Upper Midwest, central Plains, as well as along the Rocky Front Range, where the mercury will struggle to climb out of the single-digits below-zero, single digits above zero, and teens. The Mountain West and the south-central Plains to New England will also stay below the freezing mark.

Those looking for some resemblance of spring warmth will need to look at the southern Plains, Gulf Coast, and Florida today. Here, temperatures will rise into the 60s and very low 70s, while upper 50s to near 60 degrees round out the rest of the U.S. Southern-tier.

WeatherBug wishes you a safe and happy New Year. Be sure to keep WeatherBug active into the new year to receive the latest weather in your neighborhood and get the latest updates on Twitter.

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