The forecast focus on this final day of 2012 is on the weather forecast for this evening as North Texans celebrate New Year’s.  Except for some areas of fog, there should be little issue traversing Texas roads this evening.

New Year's Eve Forecast

That brings me to our forecast focus which is on the area of low pressure in the surface map below.  Cold air and snow is held to our north the next 24 hours, easing the worry of freezing precipitation for this New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.   The snow in Kansas and Missouri has prompted Winter Weather Advisories with generally two to four inches of snow in the forecast.  Showers feeding into the low made for a wet wet commute, but rainfall amounts were generally under a tenth of an inch for the Metroplex and not much better elsewhere as dry air worked into the rain band.

Surface Map at 9 AM

You can see the clearing line on the satellite image above.  That clearing line could push as far east as our western counties by the afternoon and this would help temperatures climb into the mid-60s.  Meanwhile, for the Metroplex and the rest of North Texas, we’ll be stuck with the clouds, spotty sprinkles, fog and drizzle for much of the day and evening hours.  Here is the FutureSky Forecast at 2 PM, 6 PM, 9 PM and Midnight.

NTX FutureCast 2PM

NTX FutureCast 6PM

NTX FutureCast 9PM

NTX FutureCast 12AM

I don’t think sprinkles or drizzle will linger much past 6 PM, so we should have dry roadways for New Year’s Eve celebrations and travel.  However, we’ll likely have pockets of fog here and there through the evening and overnight.  As another cold front approaches from the northwest, tomorrow morning we will get another chance for light rain from the eastern half of North Texas including the Metroplex as you can see in the FutureSky Forecast for 7 AM New Year’s Day below.

NTX FutureCast 7AM

Other than the morning rain chance, New Year’s Day will be dry but staying on the chilly side as the cold front washes out to our southeast.  Northwest winds won’t be terrible strong, but breezy enough to keep it chilly with highs held to the mid-40s for day one of 2013.

NTX FutureCast 2 PM

Temperatures will stay below average for the rest of the workweek, but return to normal for the weekend as we break out ample sunshine and go with a dry trend starting in the afternoon New Year’s day.