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Frigid New Year's forecast for parts of U.S. -- 40 below zero

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While Los Angeles will kick off 2014 with highs in the 70s, the National Weather Service forecasts many other areas of the United States will have a chilly start to the New Year with lows below zero -- well below zero.

“The two really cold spots will be New England and Wisconsin,” said Bruce Terry, a forecaster with the weather service. Minnesota and North Dakota will also be frigid, he said.

Lows in Wisconsin, Minnesota and North Dakota could reach 40 degrees below zero on Tuesday night, he said. In New England, temperatures will be relatively warmer, with lows near or below zero. 

Snow is expected to hit parts of Iowa and head eastward, into areas of Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania. 

In New York City, the center of New Year’s Eve festivities, revelers will have to bundle up when watching the ball drop in Times Square. Terry said those braving the Big Apple will be in for “seasonably cold” weather when counting down to midnight. 

Though temperatures will be dry and in the mid- to low 20s, the “breeze will make it feel colder,” Terry said. 

The warmest temperatures on both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day will be in Florida, in cities such as Fort Lauderdale and Miami.

“It will be balmy weather in the 70s,” Terry said. “It will be the warmest part of the country.”

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