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.
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.
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
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.
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.