Frigid Cold Bears Down On Tri-State Area

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November 12, 2019 - 4:24 pm
Cold in New York City

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Winter is making an early appearance in New York City.

Many roads across the city were pre-treated before sunrise with concerns that freezing temperatures in the afternoon would transform morning rain into specks of wet snow.

New York City's Department of Sanitation declared a snow alert, and the salt spreaders and even the plows were taken out of storage early to launch an aggressive attack on the streets as a precaution.

But WCBS 880's Meteorologist Craig Allen says a northwesterly wind has dried everything up, meaning the threat of snow and icy conditions is over. 

Wind chills were already down in the low and mid 20s by 4 p.m. Tuesday afternoon and the actual air temperature will be down to 20 to 25 degrees overnight.

"If we get below 26 before midnight we will break a record for today, if we drop below 24 for tomorrow morning — and I do believe we will for the city — there's another record cold reading," Allen reported.

The National Weather Service predicts the more than 200 record lows could be tied or set between Monday evening and Wednesday.

Despite morning temperatures in the 50s, city Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia says they are ready for anything.

"I think that we are taking a very conservative approach to make sure we are at the ready should this change on us," Garcia said.

After last November's paralyzing snowstorm, Garcia said they're taking no chances.  Last Nov. 15, the forecast called for a coating of snow and New York City ended up with over six inches that stranded people for hours on area roadways.

Deanne Criswell, Commissioner of the New York City Emergency Management Department, is warning people to dress for the weather.

The freezing weather is expected to continue on Wednesday with a high of 34 degrees, despite sunshine.

Thursday will be a bit milder with a high between 40 and 45.

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