NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The bitter cold continued Friday with light snow thrown into the mix across the region.
Snow developed later Friday afternoon and was expected to leave an accumulation of a coating to an inch or two, forecasters say.
Around 9:15 p.m., AccuWeather said the snow was winding down across most of the region.
The snowfall was creating some slick spots across the Tri-State and with temperatures in teens, wet spots could turn icy, according to AccuWeather.
The days-long arctic blast has left fountains and fire hydrants frozen throughout the city.
The fountain in Bryant Park looks like a huge block of ice and frozen hydrants have been spotted in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Elsewhere, folks are doing their best to keep warm.
“I’m wearing three shirts, two sweaters, one scarf, hat, socks, three pants and boots,” said Cindy Sanchez in White Plains.
New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley said the best advice in weather such as this is to simply limit your time outdoors.
“When you are outside, bundle up. Particularly, cover your head because most people lose most of their heat through their head. Cover your ears so you don’t get frostbite. Cover your hands. And then get back inside as soon as you can,” he told WCBS 880 reporter Rich Lamb.
Farley said most people will be fine after limited exposure to this cold. But he said if you go inside and experience numbness in the fingers or toes or are confused, seek medical attention.
But what about joggers?
“Most people probably won’t want to run in weather quite this cold and there are some people who have asthma that’s triggered by cold weather. They definitely shouldn’t be running in the cold,” Farley said. “But other people certainly can run in the cold. If you’re going to do that, you should bundle up and as soon as you finish running, get back indoors.”
Don’t forget about hypothermia.
“Hypothermia presents itself as being shivering that’s uncontrollable, maybe just some confusion or a lack of coordination,” he said.
He also wants to remind the public that the cold is especially dangerous for the very old and the very young.
In parts of New Jersey, a winter weather advisory is in effect from 4 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday.
Because the ground is so cold, snow will accumulate quickly and drivers are being urged to use caution because of slick travel conditions expected.
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