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December 31, 2014 at 7:39 AM

New Year’s Eve: Forget umbrella, but bring your warm coat

Scott Streepermoves a bundle of fireworks to a position atop the Space Needle, preparing for the eight-minute show starting at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.  (Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

Scott Streeper moves a bundle of fireworks to a position atop the Space Needle, preparing for the eight-minute show starting at 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. (Alan Berner / The Seattle Times)

Temperatures will stay cold for your New Year’s Eve celebration, but you can leave the umbrella at home Wednesday night, according to the forecast from the National Weather Service.

Highs will be near 40 Wednesday with the low dropping to about 28. Skies should stay mostly clear.

New Year’s Day looks to be mostly sunny with a high in the low 40s.

Still looking for a special way to celebrate? Tickets are available for quite a few events.

Or check out the Space Needle fireworks show that workers set up on Tuesday. T-Mobile is sponsoring this year’s midnight show, scheduled to last eight minutes. If you would rather cozy up at home, KING 5 will broadcast the display and KEXP-FM (90.3) will broadcast the music. More on the fireworks.

Heading to the east side of the state? Snoqualmie, Stevens and White passes all report bare and dry roads with no restrictions, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation pass report. Traction tires are advised for Blewett Pass.

MORE: Watch New Year’s Day unfold across the globe in our photo gallery.

Fireworks explode over the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge during New Years Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. Thousands of people crammed into Lady Macquaries Chair look-out to see the new year in and watch the annual fireworks show.

Fireworks explode over the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge during New Years Eve celebrations in Sydney, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. Thousands of people crammed into Lady Macquaries Chair look-out to see the new year in and watch the annual fireworks show. (Rob Griffith / The Associated Press)

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