- The severe weather threat will mainly affect the southern parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
- New Years Eve is expected to be mostly dry and cool in New York City.
- Ice and snow will be a problem in parts of the south-central United States on New Years Eve.
A snowy, wet and stormy New Years Eve 2020 is in store for much of the South, forecasters predict.
A winter storm swept through southwest 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 planned for western Oklahoma
Meanwhile, heavy rains and even strong to severe storms will be possible in the Deep South throughout the day and into Thursday night, Accuweather said. Places like New Orleans, Dallas, Memphis, Little Rock and many other cities in the southern United States could face a threat of torrential downpours, causing travel problems for those looking to celebrate, said AccuWeather.
The severe weather threat will mainly affect southern parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, according to the Storm forecasting center.
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The main risk of inclement weather is damaging wind gusts exceeding 60 mph, but a few brief tornadoes cannot be ruled out, according to WeatherBug. Add heavy rains in no time and urban and flash flooding will become a risk, especially when storm sewers are clogged with storm debris.
Grams said a winter mix of precipitation and tornado threat is rare – but not unheard of – at this time of year.
In the evening, the Texas winter mess will spread to the north of central United States: “Those close to ringing in 2021 may face icy roads in northern Missouri, the eastern Kansas and central Oklahoma, “AccuWeather meteorologist Ryan Adamson said. “Partygoers in places like Kansas City, Wichita, Kansas, and Oklahoma City could all experience slippery conditions.”
According to Weather.com.
While New Years Eve should be mostly dry and cool in New York City, a soggy New Years Day is likely there, particularly in the afternoon, the National Weather Service has said.
Looking for clear skies for your New Year celebrations? The southwestern regions in the upper Midwest have the greatest chance of staying dry, according to Weather.com.
Temperatures will be cold, however, in the central United States: cool, cold air will have descended over the middle part of the country by New Year’s Eve, and high temperatures will be in the teens, years. 20’s and 30’s in the Midwest and the 40’s and 50’s further south, AccuWeather told me.
Contribute: The Associated Press