Other than some early-morning breaks, which helped to produce a beautiful sunrise, we’ve been largely locked into cloudy skies on this New Year’s Eve in the D.C. area. Highs mainly in the upper 30s to lower 40s are more or less seasonable, if a little cool. Those clouds aren’t in a hurry to go anywhere over the next day. But, on the bright side, we’ll make it through tonight’s celebration without needing umbrellas or snow gear.

Through Tonight: Clouds stick around for the night, but there won’t be any weather worries for New Year’s festivities. Temperatures slowly fall off toward the mid-30s by the 11 p.m. to midnight time frame (lower perhaps in the outer ‘burbs where it’s already near that range). Lows reach near 30 to the mid-30s. Some rain or snow showers may move in (20-30% chance) prior to sunrise, possibly focused on the southern half of the area.

New Year’s Day (Tuesday): Waves of energy associated with a passing cold front and the jet stream to our north attempt to throw us some off and on rain or snow showers (40% chance). Even without abundant precipitation, it’ll be rather cloudy. The times with the best chances for precip appear to be early morning and late afternoon or evening, though neither shot looks particularly impressive. Highs should range from the upper 30s to low 40s.

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Happy New Year!!

(Steve Tracton)