Bundle Up! Dangerous Temps Grip Tri-State Amid Arctic Freeze

January 21, 2019 - 6:45 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) – A flash freeze sent temperatures plummeting into dangerous, single-digit territory Monday, making the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday the coldest day of the season by far.

It was just 4 degrees in New York City on Monday morning, with a RealFeel of more than 20 below, according to AccuWeather. Highs reached about 15 degrees in the city with RealFeels never budging above zero throughout the day. 

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By afternoon, it was 12 degrees in Long Island City, 10 in Scarsdale, 13 in Paterson and 13 in Manhasset. 

AccuWeather says winds were making conditions all the more brutal, with gusts up to 50 mph amid already bone-chilling temperatures. A wind advisory is in effect for New York City until late evening. 

Probems were reported on the rails Monday, including on nearly a dozen subway lines, PATH and LIRR.  

Arctic Blast


The wind will slowly diminish late Monday, but temperatures will remain in the teens or lower, with RealFeels at 10 below zero. 

It begins to warm on Tuesday when temperatures rise to the high 20s, AccuWeather says.

The warm-up continues on a rainy Wednesday and Thursday, with highs in the low 40s and high 40s, respectively. 

Meanwhile, Westchester County Executive George Latimer is urging people to keep a close eye on the vulnerable, like kids -- and pets. 

"They're going to be hard-pressed to survive outside the same way humans would be," he said.

Latimer says there are extra patrols on highways in case anyone gets stranded and there's an effort to get the homeless indoors.

"There are some warming centers up in the various portions of the county," he said. 

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran says they're offering the same. She also says drivers should take it slow.

"We have dropped about 5,000 tons of salt on all of our roads and walkways," Curran said. 

Megan Pribram, of the city's Office of Emergency Management, says 311 is the go-to for everything from a heating problem to a homeless person in need. 

"That way the Department of Homeless Services can have one of their outreach teams check on the individual and encourage them to get inside," Pribram said. 

The city is not offering warming centers, she says, because people would need to go outside to get to one. 

Monday forecast

Ahead of Monday's cold, Gov. Phil Murphy warned New Jersey residents of "the potential for ice and freezing rain in the expected severe drop in temperatures on the back end as the system." 

"No matter where you are in the state, you've got precipitation. You're going to get single-digit temperatures," Murphy told News 12 New Jersey

Murphy says he doesn't want people to be lulled into a false sense of security. 

"When you don't get a foot of snow, people sort of go -- their mind, human nature takes you to a different place," he said. "We can't afford that, particularly as the temperatures drop." 

New Jersey residents didn't seem too fazed by the threatening Arctic temperatures.

In Holmdel on Sunday, one shopper named Doug was wearing shorts. A man named Beat also said he doesn't mind the cold much and has even gone camping in this kind of weather. 

"I grew up in the Swiss Alps, so we had snow every month. Even in July, you saw a few snowflakes," he said. 

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont says his office is in close contact with utilities as they work to restore power to thousands of customers.

Connecticut is being hit hard by icy conditions caused by freezing rain and sleet. The National Weather Service says a layer of one-half inch of ice could accumulate in parts of the state as temperatures plummet.

Many people will have a three-day weekend in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday— providing extra time to get rid of ice before a commuter rush Tuesday.