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Weather OK for New Year’s Eve, but cold late in week

Weather won’t cause any problems for New Year’s Eve partygoers, forecasters say.

But the Carolinas will get a brief taste later this week of the cold air that will put a chill in holiday revelers in the northern part of the country.

High pressure is expected to dominate the Charlotte region Tuesday and Wednesday, producing temperatures that are a few degrees above seasonal averages.

People attending Charlotte’s First Night celebration will experience temperatures in the upper 30s late Tuesday night, after a daytime high in the mid-50s.

The first day of 2014 will be quiet, forecasters say, with sunshine and highs in the low 50s.

That will be in stark contrast to conditions up north. An arctic air mass is pushing into the United States, and New Year’s Eve temperatures will be near zero in the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes.

A bit of that cold air will reach the Carolinas late in the week, after a cold front crosses the region late Thursday.

Friday is forecast to be the coldest day of the week, with highs probably not escaping the upper 30s despite sunny skies.

“It will be a brief shot of cold air, though,” said John Tomko of the National Weather Service office in Greer, S.C.

He said highs will be in the 40s by Saturday and back to seasonal averages (around 50) on Sunday.

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