A large East Coast storm will disrupt travel across the Northeast and parts of the Ohio Valley on New Year's Eve. There will likely be a mix of rain and snow along the I-95 corridor from Washington, D.C., to Boston, Mass., while heavier snow will fall farther inland.
Cold winds will ignite lake-effect snow showers across the upper and central Great Lakes. The most brutal cold will be pent up over the Dakotas and Minnesota, where highs will fail to climb out of the single digits.
Much colder air will sweep all the way into the Southeast behind the East Coast storm on gusty, northwesterly winds.
Another in a series of storms will bring more low-elevation rain and mountain snow to the Northwest and northern California. Snow will streak eastward across Montana into parts of the Dakotas ahead of that storm. The Southwest is expected to remain dry and tranquil under the influence of high pressure.
Story By AccuWeather.com Meteorologists Brett Anderson and Meghan Evans.