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New Year's Eve in Seattle: A break from the rain, free bus rides, the Space Needle fireworks show



Despite a wetter-than-average December, Seattle will finish the year short of its normal annual precipitation.

Purple rays of light accentuated the Space Needle Monday morning, piercing through heavy fog to drivers in Seattle at a preview of the city's New Year's Eve light and fireworks show.

The fog that settled in parts of Puget Sound Monday should clear up by midday. If you're watching fireworks, the cloud coverage will likely obstruct your view, said meteorologist Samantha Borth with NWS Seattle. Tuesday should be partly sunny, with some more clouds in the skies. Temperatures for both days will reach the mid-40s and lows at night near the mid-30s.

A dense fog advisory was issued Monday from 9:1

5 am.m. to noon for Seattle, Tacoma and Bellevue, according to NWS. The dense fog created hazardous driving conditions and affected visibility along Interstate 5 and Interstate 405, according to NWS.

The rain will hold off until just after the new year and is expected to return Wednesday evening, and continue for much of the first week of the year.

December has been slightly wetter than average, thanks to the rainfall in the past three weeks. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport saw a monthly total of 6.1 inches of rain, compared to a December average of 5.4 inches, according to NWS. That brings the year's total to about 35.7 inches, almost two inches below normal.

On New Year's Day, buses will run on a Sunday schedule and on street parking will not be required.

The Space Needle fireworks show will start at midnight, and Seattle residents will have lots of options for ringing in the new year. Fireworks are banned in Seattle, but in some other areas of the county. For specific regulations, see Washington State Patrol's list of restricted firework sales and use.


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