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AccuWeather Global Weather Center - December 27, 2023 - The start of a new year is right around the corner, and AccuWeather meteorologists say that Mother Nature is providing reason to celebrate in the U.S.. Revelers who plan on welcoming the arrival of 2024 at outdoor events like the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball Drop may be in luck! From coast to coast, confetti and fireworks will be raining down from the sky, but little in the way of rain or snow will be found in the final moments of 2023.

"After a rough year of extreme and severe weather events here in the U.S., we’re going to be welcoming in 2024 with what is shaping up to be a great night,” said AccuWeather Senior Director of Forecasting Operations, Dan DePodwin. “The weather pattern is expected to be nearly as good as it can get for outdoor New Year's Eve celebrations across most of the country, with no major storms, significant precipitation, or Arctic cold expected.

AccuWeather has a breakdown of some of the biggest celebrations taking place across the country and what revelers can expect as the calendar flips to 2024.


Dry, seasonably chilly in NYC

Mother Nature will do a complete 180 compared to one year prior as more than 1 million people pack into Times Square to witness the dazzling ball drop on Sunday night. When the calendar flipped to 2023, some rain dampened the Big Apple, and temperatures were in the lower to middle 50s F.

Following a midweek storm poised to douse the region once again with more rain and flooding potential, chillier air will begin to press into the Tri-State this weekend, according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Dean DeVore.

"At this point, it looks dry and seasonably cold for the Times Square Ball Drop, with temperatures in the middle 30s," DeVore said.

AccuWeather meteorologists say that areas near the Great Lakes and perhaps into part of the Appalachians stand the best chance to receive a few snow showers as a parting gift from Mother Nature to close the year. However, significant snow accumulations or travel disruptions are not anticipated during Sunday and Sunday night.

Celebrations in Miami likely rain-free

High pressure over the southeastern United States should promote tranquil weather for firework displays and other festivities taking place across the region.

A cold front moving through the South during the latter part of the week will push temperatures below historical averages throughout the Florida Peninsula in time for the new year. A jacket may come in handy in Miami as temperatures fall out of the 60s overnight. The city's historical average low temperature at this time of the year is 62.

Damp end to 2023 possible along northwestern Gulf coast

AccuWeather forecasters will closely monitor whether or not a surge of moisture will sneak northward from the Gulf of Mexico to dampen celebrations in the zone from Houston to New Orleans.

The moisture may lead to spotty showers rather than a solid zone of drenching rain along the stretch of I-10 from northeastern Texas to Louisiana.

The latest indications point toward temperatures falling through the 50s, which is right around normal for the final day of the year.

Revelers in Seattle may need rain gear while rest of the West stays quiet

"High pressure is expected to be in control of the weather pattern in the West, leading to dry conditions for most," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Heather Zehr said.

Celebrations happening in Los AngelesLas Vegas and Phoenix should be dry. Temperatures will be near to slightly above historical averages as the clock strikes midnight.

Farther north, lingering moisture in the Pacific Northwest could result in a few sprinkles or showers along the Interstate 5 corridor on New Year's Eve.

"In Seattle and Portland, Oregon, a shower cannot be ruled out, but the Cascades are more likely to receive some snow showers," Zehr said.

In addition to a rain jacket, additional layers may also come in handy as temperatures will be in the 40s in both cities as they welcome in 2024.

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