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Canada's New Year's Eve weather

Temperatures for 12am tonight
Temperatures for 12am tonight

Beverley Ann D'Cruz, staff writer

December 31, 2010 — On Friday evening many Canadians will be celebrating the last day of 2010. But what weather can they expect?

Whether snug at home watching the ball drop in New York's Times Square or out at a party with friends, it's the evening for saying goodbye to 2010 and ushering in the brand new year.

Along with wishes for a prosperous 2011, many Canadians will be hoping for some pleasant weather to help them prepare for the festivities. The Weather Network's meteorologist Dayna Vettese rounds up what can be expected from coast to coast.

After being pummeled by four storms in December, Atlantic Canada will end the year on a mild note. Fairly seasonal temperatures will be felt across the region. However, keep the rain gear handy if you're celebrating in Newfoundland as it will be cloudy with the possibility of some showers.

“If you're in southern Ontario right up to Cottage Country you'll need an umbrella but it will be mild,” says Vettese. “The treacherous weather will be in northern Ontario with freezing rain and blowing snow.” That means driving conditions will be compromised as roads will turn slippery and visibility is reduced as the active weather continues to keep things messy.

Moving west, for the Prairies it will be a mild end to the year - one that saw everything from flooding to drought-like conditions. But although it will be mainly clear, it will be cold. “Bundle up because temperatures will be in the -20s to -30s range for Manitoba and Saskatchewan and around the -30s for Alberta.”

The main area of concern in the Prairies will be south eastern Manitoba where, the same system hammering northern Ontario, will kick up snow and turn roads icy. Hence, motorists are being cautioned to be vigilant of travelling conditions and check the weather before driving to and leaving their destination.

And finally in British Columbia, it will be chilly as temperatures slip into the single minus digits. Vancouver and Victoria will both be sitting at -3°C overnight.

To stay up to date with temperatures for New Year's Eve and the first day of 2011, head to our Canadian Cities Index. You can also tune into The Weather Network on TV for details on the national forecast.

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