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By Cailey Rizzo
December 30, 2020
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2020, the year that seemed to drag on forever, is likely to end with multiple snow and rainstorms across the country. 

After snowfall from Texas to Michigan left some cities with up to nine inches of snow Tuesday, precipitation and low temperatures are expected to continue into New Year's Day in the Midwest, leaving 40 million people under winter weather alerts, according to CNN.

Meanwhile, snow is expected to begin Wednesday in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest and could continue until Thursday, with accumulations from 12 to 18 inches. Rain is expected in the region at lower elevations until New Year’s Day. 

Anywhere from four to eight inches of snow is expected to fall from Nebraska to Wisconsin. Wintry weather is also expected for the south as the New Year approaches.

"Parts of the central Plains into the Midwest, especially stretching from Kansas through Missouri and into the Great Lakes, could see a sustained period of freezing rain and ice on Wednesday and again on Friday," CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller said

Wintry weather is also expected for the south as the New Year approaches.

Snow predicted for New Year's Eve
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The National Weather Service (NWS) predicts freezing rain on New Year’s Eve from the Southern Plains into the Middle Mississippi Valley. Up to three inches of rain could be expected in Oklahoma City and Little Rock, Arkansas. 

By New Year’s Day, the area could develop up to a quarter-inch of ice. More than 7 million people along the Gulf Coast could experience severe storms on Thursday. There is a chance of snow in the Western Gulf Coast and into West Texas, with the potential to turn heavy. 

Showers and thunderstorms could also extend into the Southeast and Southern Mid-Atlantic regions by Friday. 

If Americans ever needed more of an excuse to stay home this year, inclement weather is just another reason to stay put, relax, and tune into New Year's celebrations on television.

Cailey Rizzo is a contributing writer for Travel + Leisure, currently based in Brooklyn. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, or at caileyrizzo.com.