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As you sweep out the old year and ring in the new one, be aware that not all of the ice will be in your glass.

If the Almanac weather prediction for cold, snow, and frozen surfaces is even close to its traditional 80 percent accuracy rate (and we’re doing pretty well so far this season), you might glide into 2015 in ways that you do not plan or expect. Wet or slick, icy roads and walkways will be under, before, and around most of us on December 31 and/or January 1.

For those walking or driving, treacherous conditions will prevail in almost every state east of the Rocky Mountains. Precipitation, in the form of rain or snow, along with below-normal temperatures, are forecast for celebrations, as well as travel, on both days.

Before you toast Father Time, take a moment to check the weather in your region or any you may visit:
• Folks in the Northeast, you know the drill: Be ready for Old Man Winter! Click for regional forecast.
• Along the Atlantic Corridor (that’s from Boston to Richmond), you’d better watch out and you better not pout. View forecast.
• In mountainous areas such as the Appalachians, you may take winter in stride, but check your step: It may be a struggle to stay on your feet and on the road. View forecast.
• The Carolinas and Georgia (aka the Southeast) will be Sun-kissed, but Ol’ Sol will not welcome the new year warmly. View forecast
• If you’re celebrating in the Sunshine State (aka Florida), be ready for drizzle and your plans won’t fizzle. View forecast.
• Lower Lakes revelers (that’s folks from Milwaukee to Syracuse and points south) may need to take extra precautions: Lake snows and bone-chilling cold will prevail. View forecast.
• A big shout-out to the Ohio Valley Almanac fans: You hit the winter weather trifecta—rain, snow showers, and cutting cold. View forecast
• Deep South, we’re talking to y’all, too: Rain, snow, and bitter cold is coming your way. View forecast.
• How low will temps go? To the teens and 10 (degrees Fahrenheit) in the Upper Midwest. Beware of icing—and not only on a cake. View forecast.
• Folks in the Heartland are known the world over for their warm hearts. Our advice? Prepare for cold hands (and toes and noses). View forecast
• Texas and Oklahoma merrymakers might think that they have it made, being in the southernmost tier. Just sayin’: You might want to think again. View forecast.
• Planning high times in the High Plains? Party hearty! Seldom is heard a discouraging word because the skies are not cloudy all day! (But cold? Oh, yeah!) View forecast.
• Areas west of the Rockies have it both ways: The north will see this year out and the next one in with wintry conditions, while southerners bask in mild temps and sunny skies. View forecast.
• The Desert Southwest can expectd above-normal snowfall this winter but not over the new year’s weekend. View forecast.
• The Pacific Northwest, almost famous for its frequent winter rain showers, does not disappoint on January 1 (and that’s just the beginning). View forecast.
• For the Pacific Southwest, it’s the best of times and—especially in already inundated areas—the worst of times, with fine weather on New Year’s eve, and variable conditions to follow. View forecast.
• If you’ve always wanted to experience a freezing fog, head to northern Alaska but beware of this pogonip: It can be injurious to the lungs. View forecast.
• By now you’re probably thinking that the only place to see the year out in endless-summer conditions is on a Hawaiian island. Not! View forecast.

Of course, if you love snow, cold, and the outdoor sports and activities that abound, you can not miss in Canada. It’s a winter wonderland from coast to coast (to coast)! View forecast.

Wherever you celebrate, however you see in the New Year, in whatever weather, we here at the Almanac would like to thank you for your support and enthusiasm for the publication through the years. It is deeply gratifying and immensely pleasurable to read your comments on this Web site, peruse your posts on Facebook, take in your tweets on Twitter, and peek at your pins on Pinterest.

We wish you and yours the very best in the coming year, and thank you for all that you do!

~ By  Janice Stillman

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