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New Year's Eve Evening Forecast: Cold Northern Tier

UPDATED 8:30 AM EST, December 31, 2013

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill


Quiet weather will rule large stretches of the U.S. just in time to ring in 2014 tonight. The main headline will be the cold weather across the Northern Tier with a bit of snow to add to the mix.

The Minnesota Arrowhead into northern New England will be the coldest spots when the clock strikes Midnight on New Year`s Day. Temperatures will slide into the minus teens in places like Duluth and International Fall, Minn., and Caribou, Maine. A few snowflakes will be flying for the annual Great Sardine & Maple Leaf Drop in Eastport, Maine, and for the 80-pound cheese-wedge drop in Plymouth, Wis.

Large stretches of the Northern Rockies to Upper Midwest will be in line for snow showers. Festivities in Pierre, S.D., Des Moines, and downtown Chicago will be greeted by snow. An inch or two could even coat the ground in the Windy City late today.

The weather for the big ball drop in Times Square will be quiet with partly cloudy skies and chilly upper 20s. Dry weather will stretch across the West into the Central and Southern Plains, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. This means the "Deuce of Clubs drop" in Show Low, Ariz., and Rose Parade in Pasadena, Calif., and Krumpe`s Donut Drop in Hagerstown, Md., should go off without a hitch. Temperatures will be seasonably pleasant, with plenty of 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s from the West Coast to the Mid-Atlantic.

The only exception will be a few showers cresting the eastern Gulf Coast, making for a soggy celebration at the Moon Pie Drop in Mobile, Ala., and perhaps Houston`s Raising of the Lone Star.

Temperatures will dip into the upper 30s, 40s and 50s across the Southeast with Florida ringing in 2014 with milder 60s.

No matter how you plan to ring in 2014, whether with friends, at a large celebration, or quietly at home, the weather appears to be splendid for a joyous start to the year. WeatherBug wishes you a Happy New Year.

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