The odds are in Las Vegas’ favor for a white Christmas on New Year’s Eve. White flurries are expected to fall on the Strip’s desert-dwelling casinos Wednesday night, just in time for the ball to drop at midnight.
Those huddling in New York City to watch the ball drop can expect a sunny Wednesday day with a low of 27 degrees in the evening. The forecast is showing no chance of snow for those in the Big Apple.
But forecasts in Las Vegas are showing the odds of snow on New Year’s Eve at 70 percent, along with a 32-degree low, UT San Diego reported.
Even with a high level of confidence, a snowball fight on the strip is far from a sure bet.
Moisture, snow’s main ingredient, remained elusive in predictions as of late Monday.
“Whether or not we get any snow, it’s still going to be very cold for New Year’s,” said Chris Stachelski, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Las Vegas.
So cold that meteorologists have warned tourists to “bring layers and dress warmly” and wear shoes with some good traction, not typical for revelers looking to don their best party dress and platform heels on one of the most social holidays of the year.
About 340,000 people are expected to flock the Strip and Las Vegas’ downtown Fremont area to partake in New Year’s Eve festivities.
Organizers of the fireworks show shot from the rooftops of seven casino-resorts remained confident Monday that snow wouldn’t put a damper on their displays. Michael Mack with Las Vegas Events said only wind could shut down the fireworks, and in the 14 years the company has been producing the show, this has never occurred.
The unusual weather is part of a cold and “somewhat moist” storm moving across California into the Mojave Desert and Las Vegas, carrying snow to parts of Northern Arizona and Utah, according to the weather service.