A Wet, Shivery New Year's Eve to Ring in 2019

Read Our New Year's Eve Weather Forecast!

December 19, 2018
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Whether you’re planning to ring in the new year at an outdoor celebration or in the comfort of your living room, weather is always on the guest list for New Year’s Eve. So, what’s in the forecast as we turn the calendar from 2018 to 2019? Read our New Year’s Eve forecast to find out!

A New Year’s Shiverin’ Eve?

When the ball drops in Times Square, chances are good that the TV hosts will be dressed plenty warm enough to fend off the snow showers that are in the forecast for New York City. In fact, there are several places across the U.S. where a Winter Wonderland is likely to serve as the backdrop to midnight kisses. Snow and cold are expected in the Northeast, Upper Midwest, Lower Lakes, Heartland, and Alaska, as well as in the northern halves of the Atlantic Corridor, Appalachian, and Ohio Valley regions. 

In the High Plains—from Bismarck, North Dakota, down through Denver, Colorado, and beyond in the south—snow showers will be made all the more extreme by frigid temperatures at least a few degrees below average. A cold snap is also expected in the northern portion of the Intermountain region, affecting areas such as Spokane, Washington, and Boise, Idaho.

From rain or snow to freezing temperatures, almost every area of the U.S. will encounter at least one weather obstacle on New Year’s Eve—even Florida and Hawaii, which are expected to be warm, should expect scattered showers. The Pacific Northwest looks to be the only region in for an uneventful evening weather-wise, with sunny but cool conditions in the forecast.

(Not sure which region you’re in? See our Long Range Weather Forecasts page for a map of all the weather regions!)

Raining on the (Rose) Parade

The Tournament of Roses in Pasadena, California, has been a New Year’s Day tradition since 1890. Rain may play a factor in both the parade and the Rose Bowl football game this year. Temperatures are also expected to be cooler than usual throughout the day.

A wet New Year’s celebration is predicted for the Pacific Southwest, Deep South, and the Southeast, while in the Desert Southwest and Texas–Oklahoma, there’s a chance that rain will shift to snow at some point on New Year’s Day. The southern halves of the Atlantic Corridor, Appalachians, and Ohio Valley should also expect to see rain on New Year’s Eve.

Every place that sees snow on the last day of 2018 should prepare for the same on the first day of the New Year, too.

As for the Great White North …

It will certainly be a white New Year’s Day in Atlantic Canada, Southern British Columbia, and the eastern portion of Southern Ontario, where snow showers and cold dominate the forecast.

The Prairies will end 2018 sunny and very cold in the east, but with snowy periods in the west. By New Year’s Day, flurries will settle in over the whole region and temperatures will turn downright frigid.

A sunny, if cold, New Year’s Day is on tap for Southern Quebec and western Southern Ontario.

A New Year, A New Almanac

To read more of our predictions for winter, spring, and beyond, pick up a copy of The 2019 Old Farmer’s Almanac—available in stores near you and online!

Learn more about New Year’s 2019—including traditions, recipes, and more!


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