It looks like a chilly night to ring in the New Year.
When revelers watch the free fireworks along the riverfront in Old Sacramento, mittens and earmuffs might be in order. The two free shows arrive at 9 p.m. and midnight.
"At 9 o'clock it should be about 44 degrees and at midnight about 40," said Johnnie Powell, forecaster with the National Weather Service.
The early show, visible from just about anywhere in the historic section, will be choreographed to pop music. Scheduled to last about 10 minutes, the 9 p.m. show is for children.
Later, at midnight, the main event occurs. The pyrotechnics will be scripted to classic rock songs. The midnight fireworks will last nearly 15 minutes and originate from both the shore and the Tower Bridge.
Temperatures are expected to eventually fall to below freezing overnight in Sacramento.
The detailed, 7-day forecast for the Sacramento region from the NWS:
Today: Patchy frost before 10am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 50. North wind 3 to 5 mph.
Tonight: Patchy frost after 10pm. Otherwise, mostly clear, with a low around 31. Calm wind.
New Year's Day: Areas of frost before 10am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 53. Light northwest wind becoming north northwest 6 to 11 mph in the morning.
Tuesday night: Patchy frost after 10 p.m. Otherwise, clear, with a low around 31. North/northwest wind 5-7 mph becoming calm in the evening.
Wednesday: Areas of frost before 10 a.m. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 53. Calm wind.
Wednesday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 31.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 53.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 36.
Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 56.
Friday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 38.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 56.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 39.
Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 57.
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