Rain and chilly temperatures haven’t stopped people from enjoying New Year’s Eve activities Monday.
Wet weather is in the forecast as we welcome in 2019 and it could be heavy at times leading up to midnight.
The rain started around five o’clock Monday evening with temperatures in the 30s and 40s. Although western Massachusetts won’t be dealing with the bitter cold it had last New Year’s Eve, temperatures will be 10 to 20 degrees above average.
The rain didn’t seem to put a damper on the New Year’s Eve celebrations Monday night. “We’re all set. Our inner girl scout and eagle scout brought everything that we have to make sure that we don’t get wet,” said Tami Stiles of Turners Falls.
In Northampton, First Night was filled with more than just fireworks and the ball raising. Concerts, poetry readings and puppet shows were put on at churches, bars, and music venues throughout town.
Some First Night visitors said a little rain couldn’t slow down their plans on Monday evening. “We heard about the puppet shows and some of the plays and comedy acts and that’s what we’re here to see,” said Artemas Rookman. “Most of the stuff appears to be inside. Bring an umbrella and I think we’ll be okay.”
The annual First Night fireworks display was able to go on as planned despite the weather.
Some good news, as we head into your New Year’s Day, things will dry out. Just be ready for a lot of wind.