Tri-State Locked In Deep Freeze As Another Storm Looms

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Bitter, cold temperatures blew into the Tri-State Area, making all that weather leading up to this seem almost pleasant by comparison.

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“Oh it’s gloves, scarves, lots of coats,” said Sam Mehta of Westfield, N.J. (Check out CBS New York’s hottest winter accessories) “The wind comes in really, really sharp, cuts you right through,” said Stephen Onne of Harlem.

WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane shivers in White Plains

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Coping With the Cold

CBS 2’s Scott Rapoport hit the streets Monday and spoke with bundled-up New Yorkers to find out what they were wearing to stay warm.

“20 layers.  Long johns, hoodie, button-up, undershirt,” one man said.

frozen fountain Tri State Locked In Deep Freeze As Another Storm Looms

It is dangerously cold out there (credit: CBS 2)

“Earmuffs, scarf, mittens,” replied another woman.

Experts said the brutal cold could turn dangerous quickly. The effects of frostbite could begin to take effect in as little as 5 minutes.

“The cold affects the arteries of the fingers and the toes. So you if you have any problems with the heart, diabetes, high blood pressure or other significant health issues, maybe going outside right now isn’t the best thing for you to do,” Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum said.

The coldest weather of the season already proved to be deadly. In Connecticut, a house burned to the ground after residents tried using a heat gun to warm some frozen pipes. A woman in North Haven also apparently fell in a driveway and froze to death Saturday night, when temperatures were close to zero.

In Philly, firefighters battled another blaze, covered in ice. Also, a man died after spending a night in his car.

Back home, New York City officials issued a Code Blue, making it easier for the city’s homeless to get into a shelter. Outreach workers were checking on street dwellers every two hours.

WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs at Jones Beach

In the East Village, a leaky pipe encased parked cars in ice and caused the pavement to sink in.

Amtrak’s Empire Service was suspended Monday between New York City and Albany due to the extreme cold, but service was expected to return to normal Tuesday.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority said it took extra steps overnight to ensure that its commuter trains and subways and buses would run without problems for the morning rush. Extra crews checked on signals and switches and de-icer and scraper trains were run to ensure ice did not build up on the rails. Some subway trains were stored underground and buses were checked for any equipment problems.

Extra: Tips On Staying Safe And Warm In The Bitter Cold

It’s all enough to make you want to move to the tropics, but Lizbeth Older of Battery Park said she wouldn’t be anywhere else. “Better than Florida, come on, the sun there, that’s all. There’s nothing other than the sun.  This is Manhattan, New York City,” she said.

More seasonal temperatures are returning on Tuesday — mid- to high-30s.

The National Weather Service said the potential exists for a winter storm on Wednesday. The current projection calls for a mix of snow and rain along with gusty winds. However, the track of the storm could change the type and amount of precipitation.

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  • Chula

    Having some good old soup – staying indoors as much as we can- brings people more together – hopefully for good times


    Hey Baby, It’s Cold Outside = So Big Deal = Soon You’ll Be Complaining About The Heat = Be Thankful For Every Day = Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff = Go With The Flow = Don’t Worry, Be Happy = Walk On The Sunny Side Of The Street= Just Don’t SLIP! GOD I LOVE NEW YORK!

  • dico j.

    Look at the bright side….22 DAYS TIL PITCHERS & CATCHERS.

  • Chazz Eddie Borjas

    I was born and raised in Stamford Connecticut. Never complained about the cold even though it often got so cold the waves at the beach froze. We had some really cold winters and deep snow when I was growing up and loved it.
    You just have to do what Mom said, bundle up real good, button up that overcoat, put your gloves and boots on, scarf, and don’t forget the long underwear.

  • Anonymous

    Jeeeeeeeeeesus…LOL!!! I live in Riverside,Ca. High of 78 degrees today. How do you guys do it? I couldn’t handle that. ROFLMBO.

  • Paul Polar

    I want even colder record breaking lows and over 0 inches of snow in the next blizzard

    • Anonymous

      You just might get it too buddy. Hang on. LOL!!!

  • Mike

    Come on NYers! We had a great summer. So it’s a little cold. I’m stuck in the office.
    LIRR is on the fritz again. Summer, winter, spring and fall. The LIRR sucks more than all!!!!!

  • DP

    Love this weather……

  • Ellen

    It’s so cold in the northeast that if this keeps up we will all be looking a lot like Joan Rivers.

    • dico j.

      How does cold weather give you a big knot on the back of your neck?….LOL



  • chris jusino

    I love the cold rather have this than 90 plus humid degress in tne dead of summer in nyc

  • Fred

    Can’t wait until Summer arrives so I can complain that it’s too hot.

  • Ellen

    It’s 75 degrees in Miami. Knew I should have moved there years ago.

  • janet petronella

    i was almost tempted to take the perishables out of the freezer and store them in my back yard! its like a bloomin metlocker out there ill take the 80s of the summer anyday.



  • BDAY55

    That’s what we do best !

  • Captain Obvious

    of course it is cold. we are in a Little Ice Age. it is a natural earthly cycle & we are just lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time. that’s also why we are seeing an increase in precipitation.

    check out Robert Felix – he has done extensive research on this and i have heard him speak many times:

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