From the ABC 7 Weather team

Best and worst weather spots in the country this New Year's Eve

December 30, 2011 - 12:34 PM
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Where's the worst weather going to be in the country come New Years Eve? What about D.C.? New York City? Find out here...

Worst Weather Spots this New Years Eve:

1. Fargo, ND

Temperatures should only be in the lower 20s in Fargo by the time the clock strikes midnight. What, that doesn't sound that bad to you? Once you step outside, you'll also notice the sustained 20 to 30 m.p.h. winds that are buffeting you as you walk to a cab and realize the combination is making for wind chills of only 5 above.

2. Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

Dealing with the same are of low pressure and associated cold front, Minneapolis has the chance for some light snow along with gusty winds and cold temperatures. Around midnight, temperatures should only be around the upper 20s and winds will be out of the NNW around 15 to 25 m.p.h. gusting to 35 m.p.h. What adds to the fun is the light snow that will be stinging you in the face. Hope everyone is excited to get dressed up in the land of 10,000 lakes!

3. Seattle, WA

Ah, beautiful Seattle. Anyone have a guess on this one? Anyone? Bueller? Oh wow, rain.. shocker. Seattle will experience a cold front moving in from the Pacific which will bring the chance for rain. At least temperatures will be in the upper 30s, making it the most annoying kind of rain there is. Cold rain.

4. Chicago, IL

Anyone headed to Chicago for the big night? That same pesky midwest system will bring gusty winds to the Chicago area with southerlys around 15 to 25 m.p.h and higher gusts. The temperatures should be in the upper 30s and some light rain and snow showers will be possible as the front moves through. Winds will make it feel like it is in the 20s.

Best Weather Spots this New Years Eve:

1. New York City, NY

I gave NYC the number one ranking because this is what New Years is all about. Temperatures should be in the low to mid 40s, making it chilly enough to make it feel like Winter, but not terribly cold that you will freeze standing out there in the crowds for hours on end. Winds will also be very light.

2. Washington, D.C.

Yes, we'll have some pleasant weather of our own, with temperatures in the mid 40s under partly cloudy skies. A jacket will be a good thing to have but not an absolute necessity if the most you are doing is hopping into a cab from your house.

3. San Diego, CA

You know, I just don't know how people manage with the weather there... All of that sunshine with temperatures in the 70s has got to get old. By the time midnight rolls around on the western part of the U.S., temperatures should hang into the mid 50s under partly cloudy skies. Enjoy it!

4. Miami, FL

Nothing like enjoying the New Years celebrations in shorts, a t-shirt and sandals! Temperatures in the upper 60s will make for delightful ball-drop conditions in South Florida. 

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