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5 Things (And a Look Back) Dec. 31

Here are the five things you need to know before you start your day in Salem.

Today is Monday, Dec. 31, and here are the five things you need to know:

1. It will be a cold and windy day in Salem. The National Weather Service is predicting that local residents can expect it to be mostly sunny, with a high near 37. Tonight should be mostly cloudy, with a low around 32. (sunrise, 7:13 a.m.; high tide, 12:53 p.m.; sunset, 4:20 p.m.; low tide, 7:10 p.m.)

2. It's New Year's Eve in Salem! Before you have some friends or family over tonight, Click Here for a handy Patch list of five tips regarding How to Throw an Inexpensive New Year's Party.

3. Before we ring in 2013 - here's a quick look back at our top stories of the year. Click Here for our 10 Stories that Shook Salem in 2012 post.

4. Salem residents awoke to a snowy landscape Sunday morning, and for many of us that meant breaking out the camera and going for a stroll. Click Here for some great wintry shots taken Sunday in Salem.

5. Today in History: On Dec. 31, 1946, President Harry S. Truman officially proclaimed the end of hostilities in World War II.

For more things going on in Salem today, check out our events calendar.

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