New Year’s weather forecast calls for violent storms, floods and snow

Mother Nature will supply its own version of fireworks in the form of thunder and lightning, but it will be in addition to floods, strong winds and even possible tornadoes.

“Storms should develop late Friday night and last until the early afternoon on Saturday,” the National Weather Service (NWS) office in Memphis said Thursday morning. “All kinds of severe weather will be possible … but I think the biggest threat may lie in floods.”
Not all cities will hold traditional NYE parties this year, but if you plan to attend, you may need to pack your poncho or parka with you.

When we end one year and start another, violent storms will mark both occasions as a cold front penetrates the spring-like heat that has been in place all week over the southern states.

On Friday, the biggest risk areas will be from Dallas, Texas, to Lexington, Kentucky. These storms will be able to withstand all severe weather risks including heavy hail, damaging winds, floods, frequent lightning strikes and a few tornadoes.

On Saturday, the threat of severe storms moves further east and south, but also expands to affect even more places.

“Strong to severe storms are again possible from Saturday to Saturday night,” the NWS office in Hunstville, Alabama said. “Primary weather hazards damage gusts and heavy rainfall with local floods, but hail and tornadoes can not be ruled out.”

Floods will also be a major concern, especially across Kentucky, where cleanup is still underway from the tornadoes that tore through the area nearly three weeks ago.

Widespread rains totaling 1-3 inches are expected from western Arkansas to western Pennsylvania. Kentucky could see the highest amounts, up to 4 inches through the weekend.

Since the earth is already saturated across Arkansas, Kentucky and Tennessee, floods and lightning floods are very possible.

New year, new (colder) weather

After an incredibly warm December in large parts of the United States, the new year may bring the first lingering taste of winter for some states.

This may be the season’s first significant snow event for the Midwest, with widespread 4-inch snowfall accumulations possible from eastern Kansas to Lake Michigan. Heavier snow bands can result in even higher amounts of 6-8 inches or more along the border between Iowa and Missouri and northern Illinois, resulting in widespread travel disruptions.

Heavy snow is also expected Friday night to Saturday morning for Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico, where snow will range from 3-5 inches in the lower elevations all the way up to 1-3 feet for the highest elevations of the Rocky Mountains.

You can not get snow without cold and there will be a sharp drop in temperatures this weekend.

On Friday, Indianapolis goes from altitudes around 60 degrees all the way down to altitudes in the low 20s on Sunday, with some snow showers mixed in.

The Dallas-Fort Worth area, which has set several record highs over the past two weeks, will have high temperatures on Saturday close to 70 degrees down to high temperatures in the low 40s on Sunday.

“The coldest night this winter is expected Saturday night with temperatures dropping into teens and 20s overnight,” the NWS office in Dallas / Ft. Worth said Thursday. “A gust of north wind in the range of 10 to 20 mph will make it feel even colder with single-digit wind chill and teens at sunrise on Sunday.”

Did you say cold? Why not play hockey? The Winter Classic outdoor game, traditionally played on New Year’s Day, will be in Minneapolis this year, and it’s going to be a cold one. The high temperature on Saturday should only reach -2 degrees, but it will be even colder when the match starts at. 18 CST with a direct frozen temperature of -5 with a wind cooling around -20 degrees.

This could be the coldest outdoor NHL hockey game in history if these temperatures are confirmed.

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