The coolest parties: Freezing temperatures and up to TEN inches of snow to hit New Year's Eve revelers

  • Freezing weather is predicted around the country for the new year and parts of Chicago could see between six and 10 inches of snow
  • Temperatures will remain 10-30 degrees below normal, but temperatures in the south and on the West Coast will be balmy and wet

By Daily Mail Reporter

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If you want to keep that New Year's cheer tonight, wrap up warm - because 2014 is expected to start with freezing temperatures and a generous dusting of snow.

Revelers watching the ball drop in New York City will see just a sprinkling of snow as a blizzard moves north before blanketing Chicago with as many as ten inches throughout the night.

Party-goers celebrating the start of the year at the city's Navy Pier midnight fireworks can expect to see a significant snow storm, WLF meteorologist Mike Caplan warned.

'We're forecasting 6 inch snowfall totals widespread across the area and, in some cases, it will be 10 inch or more from the looks of it,' he said.

Blizzard: A woman battles snow in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania as the country prepares to welcome 2014

Blizzard: A woman battles snow in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania as the country prepares to welcome 2014

Fighter: Tony Orelski clears snow from around vehicles in his neighborhood in Erie, Pennsylvania on Tuesday

Fighter: Tony Orelski clears snow from around vehicles in his neighborhood in Erie, Pennsylvania on Tuesday

The Weather Channel said temperatures in Chicago should reach around 15 degrees, while New York City is expected to endure temperatures around 23 degrees and clear skies.

'Temperatures across the central U.S. will continue to be 10-30 degrees below normal as an arctic airmass remains in place,' the National Weather Service said. 'Gusty winds in this region will contribute to extremely cold wind chills.'

One of the coldest celebrations could be in Plymouth, Wisconsin, where the city will drop a large ball of cheese to mark the start of 2014, and where temperatures are expected to hit 0 degrees.

But in other parts of the country, celebrations will be graced with balmier temperatures.

The warmest welcome for 2014 may take place in Key West, Florida, where party-goers watching a six-foot conch shell being dropped, can expect temperatures of 72 degrees.

Snowing, raining and cold: Happy new year!

Forecast: Meteorologists warned heavy snow could hit the Midwest and the northern states tonight

Blanketed: A Toronto street is covered with snow and broken tree limbs ahead of New Year celebrations

Blanketed: A Toronto street is covered with snow and broken tree limbs ahead of New Year celebrations

Over on the other coast, revelers in Los Angeles can expect temperatures of 48 degrees.

But the rest of the country should brace itself for two weather systems which are expected to merge and bring a major snowstorm as early as Thursday.

According to AccuWeather Canada Weather Expert Brett Anderson, 'Some all-time record lows could be challenged in parts of southern Quebec, northern New England and northern upstate New York, when the core of the cold air settles in Wednesday night.'

Highs in Chicago will only just reach the teens.

Confetti or snow? Revelers at New York's Times Square will need to dress warmly

Confetti or snow? Revelers at New York's Times Square will need to dress warmly

Getting ready: A police officer uses a metal detector to search a person entering the Times Square pens

Getting ready: A police officer uses a metal detector to search a person entering the Times Square pens

Joy: Veronica Boshen and Brittany Wells, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, get ready to party in Times Square

Joy: Veronica Boshen and Brittany Wells, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, get ready to party in Times Square

The National Weather Service says there will be bitter cold across the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest, as well as light to moderate snow.

The Gulf Coast can expect cold and wet weather, spreading eastward.

High temperatures for the northeastern half of the Dakotas into Minnesota will remain in the single digits or below zero - which is a good 20 to 30 degrees below average
for this time of year.

Across the southern United States it will be cold and wet with light rain on Tuesday night and heavier falls Wednesday.

Prediction: Two storms will converge on the Northeast on Thursday with the potential for a major snowstorm. How quickly they get together and strengthen will determine which areas are hit with very heavy snow and which areas will have a more manageable snowfall

Prediction: Two storms will converge on the Northeast on Thursday with the potential for a major snowstorm. How quickly they get together and strengthen will determine which areas are hit with very heavy snow and which areas will have a more manageable snowfall

The storm could have a major negative impact on travel for people returning from holiday destinations, heading back to school or resuming business activities

The storm could have a major negative impact on travel for people returning from holiday destinations, heading back to school or resuming business activities


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Gotta brag....my problem is trying to wear the Xmas gift sweaters without breaking into a sweat. 70 degrees all this week......

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Recall global warming hysteria¿s halcyon days? Just 14 years ago, Dr. David Viner, senior scientist at Britain¿s University of East Anglia¿s climatic research unit, confidently predicted that, within a few years, winter snowfall will become 'a very rare and exciting event.' 'Children just aren¿t going to know what snow is,' he said................... I'll bet the believers are feeling really stupid now.

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Happy New Year to everyone other there and stay safe.

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No real mention of New Years in Canada (there is more to Canada than just Toronto)....Saskatoon ...Snow and -25........Edmonton......Snow and -20.......In other words........just a normal Winter.

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Ah yes that pesky global warming showing up when it's least wanted.

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Must be Gorebull cooling caused by Gorebull warming that may be climate disruption!! Where is the P.T. Barnum of climate prediction, Al Gore, to explain this when you need him

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Must be Gorebull cooling caused by Gorebull warming that may be climate disruption!!

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Only negative thing here is, it might slow the gang killings in Chicago.

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Global warming is an awful thing.

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The global warming scientists remain stuck in the rapidly forming melting ice too......

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Yep, The stiff water is crushing the hull of their ship......

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