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.