It’s going to be a very wet night for the one million people who plan to stand for hours in Times Square to watch the ball drop on New Year’s Eve.
Forecasters predict a major storm system will move through the East Coast on Monday night and into Tuesday, bringing in rain right around midnight.
‘Consistent with the theme of 2018, the final hours of 2018 will be wet across the Northeast,’ AccuWeather Meteorologist Geoff Cornish told Fox News.
‘We will, unfortunately, be dealing with some widespread rain at Times Square.’
But it isn’t all bad news for New Year’s partygoers in New York, as temperatures are predicted to be far higher than last year’s record-breaking chill.
Temperatures in New York City dropped to 9 degrees – with a wind chill of -4 degrees – in the first minutes of 2018, making it the second coldest New Year’s midnight temperature on record in the city.
But this year the temperature could reach as high as 50 by 12am, making it one of the top five warmest midnight temperatures on record in New York City.
‘This could spell a rather wet, though mild, New Year’s Eve by midnight for partygoers in the Northeast,’ the National Weather Service said.
A storm system moving out of the Gulf of Mexico is expected to bring heavy rain through Alabama and Georgia, with the potential for flash floods.
The storm system will push east on Monday, bringing 1 to 2 inches of the expected rain into the Northeast.
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Source: Daily Mail