We are going to say goodbye to 2015 on a pretty chilly note…and welcome the New Year in on pretty much the same. A trough of low pressure will hang back into the Great Basin keeping our high temperatures below the freezing mark through Saturday and allowing the lows to drop to the teens. For those out on the streets at midnight New Year’s Eve, expect light5 winds, a few clouds and a very chilly 20 degrees.

We will see varying amounts of cloudiness through the weekend, with the next chance of rain and/or snow coming through the region early to mid-next week.

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Yesterday, a reader wondered why the weather on the other side of the country so often seems to be the revers of ours. In fact, you can generally make a pretty good guess at what kind of weather is occurring on the other side of the country by observing what is going on here, and predicting the opposite. (Or you can call your Aunt Mabel in Philadelphia, but that kind of defeats the purpose of this column.) Tomorrow, I’ll tell you why it usually works out that way.