Forecast: New Year's storm mostly a nuisance
No whiteout or washout, but wintry or wet at times
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Today: Increasing clouds & light winds. Mid-to-upper 30s. | Tonight: Chance of a wintry mix late. Upper 20s to low 30s. | Tomorrow: Cloudy. Chance of a.m. mix changing to rain. Mainly dry p.m. Upper 30s to near 40. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail
FORECAST IN DETAIL
First things first -- yesterday's stinging winds are gone, making for a cold but comparably tolerable day today. Now, on to the period of greater interest for most: New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. A weak coastal storm threatens a light mix of precipitation late tonight into New Year's Eve morning. Tomorrow afternoon and part of the evening could be just fine though, with another chance of precipitation late evening into early New Year's Day, before blustery winds return.
Today (Wednesday): After chilly morning lows in the upper teens and low 20s, afternoon highs only get to the mid-to-upper 30s. Today, though, it will actually feel like the 30s thanks to light winds. Some early-morning sun is likely to be replaced by partly to mostly cloudy skies for the balance of the day. The clouds will be generally high and thin, so skies should still be reasonably bright. Confidence: High
Tonight: Clouds lower tonight, and their insulating effect should help keep temperatures from dropping too far, with lows in the upper 20s to low 30s. A light wintry mix is possible after 2 a.m. or so (little or no snow accumulation expected). Confidence: Medium
Keep reading for the forecast through the holiday weekend...
Tomorrow (New Year's Eve): A fairly weak storm moving up the coast from the south is likely to clip the area with a light wintry mix during the morning (little or no snow accumulation expected). While it doesn't look like a huge deal, temperatures near or below freezing could make for some slick spots, mainly north and west of town, through mid-morning. Thereafter, any precipitation in frozen form should change to plain rain as we warm toward highs in the upper 30s to near 40. I'm optimistic the afternoon and at least part of the evening, though cloudy, will be mainly dry for whatever plans you might have. Confidence: Medium
Tomorrow Night: You'll want to dress warmly if you'll be out celebrating. That said, evening and overnight temperatures in the 30s won't be all that bad as New Year's Eves go, and winds should be light. A parting shot of precipitation, starting in the form of some light rain, could develop (50% chance) later in the evening or overnight. Toward morning, any rain could change to snow. Confidence: Low-Medium
Might see a period of morning snow showers on New Year's Day Friday (50% chance; any accumulations would probably be light). Winds are likely to kick up in the afternoon with some breaks in the clouds and highs in the upper 30s to near 40. Windy and cold Friday night with lows in the 20s. Confidence: Low-Medium
You'll never believe what we're featuring for the weekend. Um, yeah -- more gusty winds. Maybe a flurry or two as well. Highs in the 30s will feel like the 20s under partly sunny skies, with lows in the teens (suburbs) to 20s (downtown). Confidence: Medium-High
Updated: Wednesday Dec. 30 @ 11:10 p.m.
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