People attending the Tournament of Roses Parade and the Rose Bowl football game on Monday will enjoy mostly sunny skies, but the weather throughout Southern California leading up to then will range from irritatingly wet to treacherous.
With brisk winds out of the southwest gusting up to 18 miles per hour it could be as high as 62 degrees Friday in downtown Denver, according to the National Weather Service in Boulder.
The temperature of 7°C is also the forecast lowest temperature for both New Year's Day and January 2.
Look for increasing clouds Saturday night, with a low around 9 and wind chill values as low as minus 5. Temperatures will fall Sunday, with high temperatures in the single digits and lows below zero, Monday through Friday.
A cold front coming down from the northeast is expected to move into the region on Friday and stick around for the first few days of 2017, National Weather Service forecaster Bob Benjamin said.
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Feerick suggested that travelers to the mountains Saturday get there early in the day ahead of the snow.
Fresh to strong (24- to 31-mph) and at times very gusty Santa Lucia winds are forecast through today as a 1,035 millibar high parks itself over the Great Basin. Fortunately temperatures return to normal for New Year's Eve.
A normal high temperature for December 31 in New York City is 39 degrees, while a normal low is 28 degrees, according to Accuweather.
Cool weather will continue through much of next week, with more rain possible around midweek.