Near record cold for the new year

New Year's Eve could be 'one of the coldest' as arctic front moves through area

Expect partly cloudy conditions overnight, with sub zero air temperatures, and wind chills between -10 to -20 overnight. What few light showers we have out and about will move out of the region before the below freezing temperatures arrive, so all precipitation will fall in the form of rain. Readings New Year's Day morning will hover around zero with wind chills below zero.

Farther west, heavy mountain snow and some lingering freezing rain will lead to unsafe travel conditions into the weekend across the Pacific Northwest and northern Rockies. The warmth will be short-lived with an arctic attack that begins Saturday and continues through next week. Jack Frost is showing us no mercy as we start 2018.

NEW YEAR'S DAY: Arctic sunshine is going to be the rule.

Temperatures are expected to drop close to freezing Monday morning which could bring some freezing rain in northern areas of the Coastal Bend. Temperatures will remain mired in the upper 10s and low 20s with wind chills in the single digits.

Cold Weather Tips: Due to the possibility of long term freezing temps. into next week; here is a list of cold weather safety tips to keep in mind.

This will be a very unsafe stretch of cold for the area, so make sure your family and pets are prepared.

The cold will ease again over the following weekend with highs above freezing. Highs in the upper 20s and low 30s. However, this blast of cold air will come with a light wintry mix.

The NWS warns that such frigid temperatures will cause frostbite in as little as 10 minutes.

With temperatures only expected to reach 9 degrees in Springfield, Illinois, on Sunday, the organizers of its annual New Year's Eve fireworks display have made a decision to cancel this year's show.

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