Grab those umbrellas, and in some cases snow shovels and heavy coats, for your New Year’s Eve celebrations tonight:
A massive storm will bring both wintry and wet weather for millions of revelers tonight, all the way from the Rockies to the East Coast.
Heavy snow, strong winds, ice and dangerous travel are forecast Monday from the Rockies to the northern Plains and Upper Midwest, the National Weather Service said. Blizzard warnings have been posted in the Dakotas and Minnesota.
The heaviest snow is likely from western South Dakota to northern Minnesota, where as much as 3-6 inches of snow is possible in total, AccuWeather warned.
Along with the snow will come bitterly cold temperatures: Wind chills will reach hazardous levels (from 0 degrees to as cold as 40 degrees below zero) from Montana through Nebraska today through Tuesday morning.
Even the Desert Southwest will be on the chilly side as wind chills will dip into the low 30s in Las Vegas and the 40s in Phoenix on Monday night.
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Folks on the warmer side of the storm will contend with severe thunderstorms, heavy rainfall and flooding in the lower Mississippi Valley, mid-South and Midwest.
The Weather Channel said that the storms could spawn a few tornadoes and damaging wind gusts, mainly from northern Mississippi and northern Alabama to middle Tennessee and south-central Kentucky.
The storm system will bring rain to much of the Eastern Seaboard Monday night.
While the ball drop in New York City will be in the upper 40s – a welcome change from last year’s near-record of 9 degrees – rain will dampen the celebrations there.
In fact, many places in the eastern U.S. will be about 20 to 30 degrees above average on Monday evening.