- The severe weather threat will be mainly over southern portions of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
- New Year’s Eve night should be mostly dry and chilly in New York City.
- Ice and snow will be an issue across portions of the south-central U.S. on New Year’s Eve.
A snowy, damp and stormy New Year’s Eve 2020 is in store for much of the South, forecasters predict.
A winter storm moving across southwestern Texas on Thursday could dump more than a foot of snow in some areas.
Jeremy Grams, a forecaster with the National Weather Services’ Storm Prediction Center, said 12 to 18 inches of snow was possible west of the Pecos River in southwest Texas. Another 3 to 5 inches is predicted for western Oklahoma
Meanwhile, heavy rain and even strong-to-severe storms will be possible across the Deep South throughout the day and into the nighttime hours on Thursday, AccuWeather said. Places such as New Orleans, Dallas, Memphis, Little Rock and many more southern U.S. cities could face a threat of drenching downpours, leading to travel issues for those looking to celebrate, AccuWeather said.
The severe weather threat will be mainly over southern portions of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, according to the Storm Prediction Center.
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The primary risk from the severe weather is damaging wind gusts exceeding 60 mph, but a few brief tornadoes cannot be ruled out, according to WeatherBug. Add in heavy rainfall in a short time, and urban and flash flooding will become a risk, especially where storm drains are clogged by storm debris.
Grams said a wintry mix of precipitation and a threat of tornadoes is uncommon – but not unheard of – this time of year.
By the evening, the wintry mess from Texas will expand north across the central U.S.: “Those out and about to ring in 2021 may have to contend with icy roads in northern Missouri, eastern Kansas and central Oklahoma,” AccuWeather meteorologist Ryan Adamson said. “Revelers in places such as Kansas City; Wichita, Kansas; and Oklahoma City could all experience slippery conditions.”
Freezing rain from the storm could accumulate on tree branches, power lines and other surfaces from parts of the central and southern Plains and Midwest to the interior Northeast through New Year’s Day, according to Weather.com.
While New Year’s Eve night should be mostly dry and chilly in New York City, a soggy New Year’s Day is likely there, especially by the afternoon, the National Weather Service said.
Looking for clear skies for your New Year’s celebrations? Areas from the Southwest into the upper Midwest have the highest chance of staying dry, according to Weather.com.
Temperatures will be chilly, however, in the central U.S.: Fresh cold air will have descended on the nation’s midsection by New Year’s Eve, and high temperatures will be in the teens, 20s and 30s across the Midwest and 40s and 50s farther south, AccuWeather said.
Contributing: The Associated Press