NEW YORK (CBS 2) — A brutal arctic blast is blowing frigid airs into the tri-state area, keeping temperatures well below average through the weekend and into the coming work week, so how are people coping with the cold?
CBS 2’s Derricke Dennis spoke to some courageous New Yorkers who braved the cold on Saturday despite the bone-chilling temperatures.
The bitter cold made for a fast evening walk in Battery Park, where residents were adorned in hats, fluffy scarves and thick coats to deal with the chilly weather.
Some people were completely covered, from head to toe.
“My new hat, and my new coat, because it’s extra, extra warm, with double layers,” one resident said.
She’ll need every bit of those layers Satuday night, with lows expected in the teens for the city – and nearing zero in the suburbs.
The Mehta family is headed to Westfield, New Jersey, and they’re all bundled up.
“It’s gloves, scarves, lots of coats,” Sam Mehta said. “It’s a lot, but they love it, they don’t really mind.”
On such cold nights, most people wrap themselves in warm hats and buttoned-up coats. At one New York City convenience store, however, people weren’t just trying to warm up with hot drinks – many people were actually buying ice cream.
“Three cups of yogurt at a time,” store clerk Kazi Ahmed said.
Ahmed couldn’t believe it, as his ice cream was actually selling on one of the year’s coldest nights, a night when most were just trying to stay warm.
“I like cold, not that hot,” Ahmed said. “Anything cold, I love it.”
Of course, like Ahmed, there are those who like the cold.
Lizbeth Older was heading out to an art show on Saturday night, invitation in hand, and said she couldn’t imagine being anywhere else.
“Better than Florida – come on, the sun there, that’s all, there’s nothing there other than sun,” Older said. “This is Manhattan! New York City, yeah!”
During the coldest weekend of the season, many New Yorkers were still in good spirits – but after a few days of freezing temperatures, it may prove to be too much.