NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The dangerously cold temperatures that have been hovering of the Tri-State Area can be punishing if you have to spend any amount of time outside.

But as CBS 2’s John Slattery reported, whether you have to work or just simply get around, the key is to be prepared.

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Early Tuesday afternoon, the temperature was a mere 18 degrees — with a wind chill colder than that.

“I got on, like, six layers,” one person on the street said.

A crew of workers filling potholes in Manhattan had to stay outside all day.

“My feet and my hands – a little chilly,” said street worker George Reynolds.

Traffic agents also have no choice but to be outdoors. But most people were dressed for it.

“I have a T-shirt, a cotton shirt, a sweater scarf, gloves,” said Cynthia Parsons McDaniel of the West Side.

The weather also requires socks and maybe a parka.

“It’s freezing; definitely is,” said construction worker Miguel Sepulzeda.

Sepulzeda and his colleagues come to the job early, work late, and have to stay outside all day.

“I’m dressed for it, but it doesn’t matter. When you’re sitting out here in the cold, it still gets to your bones,” he said. “Got to work — that’s one way to stay warm. You keep moving.”

Coffee and lunch carts that usually do a brisk business found that as the temperature drops, so does their business.

“Very, very cold. The kids don’t like it. I don’t have business,” said food vendor John Muhammad. “Today is a very down day for business.”

Then, of course, there are always those who tell you how delighted they are when it turns really cold.

“I love this weather,” McDaniel said. “I find it invigorating; mentally stimulating.”

On Wednesday, the high is expected to climb well into the 20s, and temperatures are expected to moderate through the rest of the week.

But snow is coming on Wednesday, CBS 2’s Lonnie Quinn reported. Accumulations are expected to top out at 2 to 4 inches on much of Long Island and in the Jersey Shore, and a dusting to 2 inches in the city, northern New Jersey and the northern suburbs.

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