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Winter Set For A Biting Return; Lows To Drop To Single Digits For Some

A woman braves the cold during her morning commute on 5th Avenue January 7, 2014. (credit: Timothy Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

A woman braves the cold during her morning commute on 5th Avenue January 7, 2014. (credit: Timothy Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The balmy spring temperatures that climbed into the 60s will feel like ancient history Thursday, as a biting wind blows in and the high will fall short of the freezing mark.

At 11:20 p.m. Wednesday, light rain and a temperature of 45 degrees were seen at Central Park. Just 15 minutes earlier, the temperature had been 51 degrees.

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Before dawn, the temperatures will be back in the icy 20s, and a cold wind will whip up gusts up to 50 mph, CBS 2’s Lonnie Quinn reported.

A wind advisory has been issued from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. Thursday for all five boroughs of New York City, all of the state of New Jersey, and all of Long Island.

When Tri-State Area residents wake up Thursday morning, it will seem like January again. The temperature will be 23 in the city, 21 in Commack and Riverhead on Long Island, and 6 degrees in Monticello.

The wind chills will make it feel like 2 degrees, minus 7 degrees in Goshen, and minus 13 in Andover, N.J.

But while some frozen precipitation will be seen far to the north in Dutchess County, snow is not expected, Quinn said. Earlier concerns about a storm involving freezing rain, sleet and snow do not appear to be panning out.

Still, there may be some icy spots on the roads Thursday morning.

The forecast high for Thursday is just 29 degrees.

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