- The severe weather threat will be mainly over southern portions of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
- Ice and snow will also be an issue across portions of the south-central U.S. on New Year’s Eve.
- New Year’s Eve night will be dry and chilly in New York City.
A damp and stormy New Year’s Eve 2020 is in store for much of the South, forecasters predict.
Heavy rain and even strong-to-severe storms will be possible across the 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.
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.
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Ice and snow will also be an issue across portions of the south-central U.S. during the day on New Year’s Eve. Snow or a wintry mix is expected in portions of western Texas, possibly including Midland and San Angelo, Weather.com said.
By the evening, the wintry mess will expand across the region: “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 will be 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 northern and central Plains and 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.