NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – The temperature was already plummeting rapidly from its balmy morning high Monday evening, and when Tuesday comes around, the Tri-State Area will see the coldest day since 1994.
CBS 2’s Lonnie Quinn reported the temperature topped out at 55 degrees at 8:51 a.m. Monday. By 11 p.m., the temperature had dropped 30 degrees to 25 — and compared with the lowpoint expected early Tuesday, even 25 may seem comfortable.
The overnight low for the area was expected to bottom out at a frigid 7 degrees. And at 7 a.m. Tuesday, the temperature at Central Park is expected to top out at 11 degrees, with a wind chill of minus 6, Quinn reported.
Elsewhere in the area, temperatures were expected to drop even lower. The 7 a.m. temperature was expected to drop to 8 in Farmingdale; 7 in Belmar, N.J.; 6 in Boonton, N.J.; and minus 1 in Liberty in Sullivan County.
The wind chill in Liberty was expected to drop to a dangerous minus 21, Quinn reported.
A 7-degree air temperature with a 20 mph wind gust will make for a wind chill making it feel as if it were 11 below zero, Quinn explained. A 40 mph wind will make 7 degrees above zero look like 19 below, and a 50 mph gust will make it feel like 22 below.
The forecast high for New York City on Tuesday was expected to top out at just 13 degrees – a drop of 42 degrees from the Monday night.
The New York City Office of Emergency Management has activated its Winter Weather Emergency Plan in advance of the dangerous cold. An Advance Warning System alert will be activated to notify all New Yorkers about the impending cold snap.