December 31st, 2009
09:07 PM ET

Braving the weather in Times Square

Poppy Harlow dodges the rain under an umbrella with Andre Jenkins.

Anderson Cooper braves the light rain as he gets ready for the big show.

Jim Spellman
CNN All-Platform Journalist

The weather has been a big issue here at Times Square all day. When I woke up this morning I peered out of my hotel window and saw a light coating of snow. Not so bad, kinda pretty.

Then I stepped out into it. Yuck. Bitter cold "wintery mix."

But then a great thing happened. The snow and rain stopped and it even warmed up a bit. We thought we might get off easy, but just after 8 p.m., as they ring in the new year out in the middle of Atlantic Ocean somewhere, the rain began.

Freezing rain. Ice cold freezing rain.

It's slowed to a quiet drizzle now. For the thousands of people waiting for the ball the drop let's hope it stops altogether.

Filed under: Jim Spellman • New Year's Eve 2010
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Fred

    Kathy and AC360 please stay warm. You guys make my day!

    December 31, 2009 at 10:51 pm |
  2. Bob - Massillon, OH

    Happy New Year from Massillon OH. Try to make Ms. Griffin behave...nah, don't!

    December 31, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  3. A. Smith, Oregon

    Happy New Year Anderson, we're proud of you! We're not envious of your tour with Kathy Griffin however do your best and take one for the gipper!

    December 31, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  4. Lisa, Louisville, KY

    Stay warm and dry! Or at least try.

    Happy New Year to both of you!

    December 31, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  5. Robin

    Happy New Year from Indiana

    December 31, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  6. Anne

    Happy New Year Anderson! Don't know what would be worse- freezing cold or beating rain! I'll be watching at home, as I have for the past couple of years – this has become my new NYE tradition! All the best to you in 2010- keep up the great work on AC360!

    December 31, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  7. KS, San Diego,CA

    Some hot cocoa or coffee is in order! Happy New Year!!! ;)><

    December 31, 2009 at 10:21 pm |
  8. Steve and BeBe

    You and Kathy are hysterical! We have a group of friends over... waiting to watch you guys. We hope Kathy says something inappropriate and you laugh your chipmunk laugh at her. Last year's snafu has become part of our venacular. HAVE A TON OF FUN! Keep warm and dry. MAKE US LAUGH!

    December 31, 2009 at 10:20 pm |
  9. sarah in FL

    Kathy...behanve. YEAH RIGHT!!!!!! :O)

    Happy New Year.

    December 31, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  10. Joan

    Hope you and Kathy are a riot as usual you 2 are priceless together,Happy New Year to you both

    December 31, 2009 at 9:56 pm |
  11. Kevin Spigener

    I've seen many New Year at Times Square, Everyone will come together and have a great night. Happy New Year, 2010 AC, From drizzly and cold Atlanta!

    December 31, 2009 at 9:40 pm |
  12. Victoria Alameda

    Happy New Years ALL! Have fun and stay dry. Well try anyway

    December 31, 2009 at 9:39 pm |
  13. Cessy-Chicago

    Hi! Anderson! Cessy from Chicago celebrating NEW YEAR in Manila Philippines! It's 2010 now here but we will be watching you tonight! Have a happy and prosperous new year to you and your amazing 360 staff! Be safe !!!

    December 31, 2009 at 9:36 pm |
  14. yvette

    the guy behind u looks misirable

    December 31, 2009 at 9:32 pm |
  15. Tami

    welcome to new years eve in the big apple, the weather like the city diverse and unpredictable. Stay warm and safe and happy new year!!

    December 31, 2009 at 9:21 pm |
  16. Chester

    Don' worry about this NY weather Anderson! It was quite the scene earlier! Have fun tonight in Time Square!

    December 31, 2009 at 9:20 pm |
  17. jeff hagemann

    The Red red will keep ya warm AC happy New Years from Lewiston Idaho

    December 31, 2009 at 9:16 pm |
  18. Corve DaCosta

    lovely photos....

    make tonight coverage good lol

    December 31, 2009 at 9:15 pm |