New Year’s Eve revelers can look forward to a chilly night to ring in the new year.
Those heading to Akron’s First Night celebrations will have to bundle up with a high of just 24 degrees predicted, with temperatures dipping into the teens in time for Akron’s pair of fireworks displays to mark the start of 2014.
While snow flurries will usher out 2013, the National Weather Service warns that heavy snow could mark the start of the new year.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch starting at 7 a.m. New Year’s Day through 7 a.m. Thursday.
The weather service warns that anywhere from four to eight inches of snow could fall in the Akron area.
Forecasters warn the snow combined with 15 to 25 mph winds could affect travel over much of Northeast Ohio on Wednesday into Thursday morning.
Although the temperatures will be chilly, much of Akron’s First Night activities are indoors.
First Night Akron is in its 19th year and features entertainment and activities in a dozen downtown venues, including the Akron Art Museum and the Akron Civic Theatre. Participants can ride Metro buses to the venues.
Organizers predict as many as 17,000 participants this year.
Admission buttons are $10, with children under 10 admitted free with a button-wearing adult.
A kid-friendly countdown will lead to fireworks at 9 p.m. with a second round to mark the start of the new year at midnight. The fireworks will be visible from South Main Street in front of Lock 3.
For more First Night information, visit www.firstnightakron.org.