Temperatures plunged into the single digits Wednesday morning amid an arctic cold snap that brought light, swirling snow and icy winds to the region earlier this week, and it’s expected to get even colder in the next 24 hours, Storm Team 4 says.
Temperatures across the tri-state ranged from the single digits to the lower 20s early Wednesday, with wind chills making it feel as much as 10 degrees colder, Storm Team 4 says.
The cold temperatures, taken in combination with Tuesday’s light snow, could make for icy conditions on untreated roads and sidewalks.
Temperatures aren’t expected to rebound Wednesday, with the high temperature in New York City climbing to just 25 degrees. Storm Team 4 says the vicious winds that have hounded the region this week will again kick up in the late morning, and some areas could see brief snow squalls.
Some of the coldest air in almost a year will arrive Wednesday night.
Temperatures across the region will plunge into the single digits, with wind chills making it feel like 25 degrees below zero.
The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory warning against “dangerously cold air” between 7 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. Thursday.
The Catskills and northwestern New Jersey will see the region’s coldest low temperatures early Thursday. The mercury in those areas could hit zero during the coldest part of the night, and Storm Team 4 says wind chills could make it feel 25 degrees below due to wind gusts of up to 45 mph.
The low in midtown Manhattan is forecast to hit 8 degrees, with wind chills below zero.
Anyone going outside is urged to wear gloves and hats, along with other protective gear, to prevent hypothermia and frostbite. A “Code Blue” alert has been issued and resources have been deployed to help the elderly, those with disabilities and the homeless.
Mayor de Blasio is urging New Yorkers to prepare for the bitter cold, and reminded residents to never use a gas stove to heat homes, and to never use kerosene or propane space heaters, charcoal or gas grills, or generators indoors or near the home.
Thursday will be sunny, but temperatures will again struggle to climb into the low 20s.
Temperatures Friday could climb above the freezing mark, Storm Team 4 says, but the high Saturday will again be in the 20s. The region will finally begin to thaw Sunday, with temperatures climbing into the upper 30s.