Watch: New Year’s Eve travel forecast

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 15: The numerals '17' arrive in Times Square ahead of the New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square, December 15, 2016 in New York City. The '17' numerals will be part of the '2017' sign that will light up light up above Times Square at midnight on December 31 to ring in the new year. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
The numerals ’17’ arrive in Times Square ahead of the New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square, December 15, 2016 in New York City. The ’17’ numerals will be part of the ‘2017’ sign that will light up light up above Times Square at midnight on December 31 to ring in the new year. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

If you’re heading out of Austin to ring in the new year (why would you really want to when there’s a bunch of great parties you can check out around town!), don’t forget to check the weather!

On Saturday evening, a line of precipitation is expected to stretch from the Texas Gulf Coast across a large part of the South and through upstate New York. Other parts of the country with moisture, according to the New Year’s Eve forecast, include the Pacific Northwest, central California and areas around the lower Rocky Mountains.

On New Year’s Day, icy weather is expected over northwestern states while rain will continue to dampen southeastern states and parts of the Midwest.

Watch the video below for a complete forecast from meteorologist Ari Sarsalari of The Weather Channel.

Weather Channel to Breitbart: ‘Stop using our video to mislead Americans’ on global warming

“Next time you’re thinking about publishing a cherry-picked article, try consulting a scientist first,” the Weather Channel’s Kait Parker said in a video responding directly to a recent Breitbart News article asserting that “global land temperatures are plummeting.”

via the Weather Channel
via the Weather Channel

The Breitbart piece, which made its rounds on social media (including a notable tweet by U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, chaired by U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, a Republican who represents parts of Austin), uses a Weather Channel video featuring Parker discussing the tendency for temperatures to drop during a La Niña weather pattern. Before breaking down Breitbart’s assertions intended to discredit global warming, the Weather Channel clarifies, “we would prefer to focus on our usual coverage of weather and climate science, in this case we felt it important to add our two cents.”

READ: El Niño to become La Niña, meaning fall will be hotter, drier

Parker goes on to say that Breitbart used land temperatures in supporting its claim that the Earth isn’t warming, when in fact, “water is where we store most of our heat energy” and looking at sea temperatures you would arrive at a record high for November 2016.

“Science doesn’t care about your opinion,” Parker says of the “fact; no, fact, not opinion, that the Earth is warming.” Watch the full video above. You can read the Breitbart piece here, and the Weather Channel response here.

Keep Austin’s ever-changing forecast here.

Here’s which weekend events are cancelled due to weather

Watch out for wetness. There’s a 60 percent chance for showers and thunderstorms in the Austin metro area Friday, and precipitation will continue into the weekend, according to forecasters. Some event organizers began announcing cancellations and closures for the weekend as early as Friday morning.

File photo
File photo

Watch this space as it updates through the weekend. Email closures@statesman.com with information about cancellations not listed here.

  • For the first time in 20 years the Pflugerville Christmas Parade and Pfestival of Lights will not be held due to heavy rains expected to move into the area this weekend.
  • Budafest has been cancelled due to the expected rainy weather over the weekend, according to the City of Buda. This event will not be rescheduled. Although Budafest is cancelled, the carnival is still happening at City Park. It will run Friday until 9 p.m. On Saturday and Sunday, the carnival will be open from 9 a.m.-9 p.m., weather permitting.