NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Arctic air and wicked wind chills have followed the snow that fell across the Tri-State area, bringing bitter cold temperatures to much of the region.
Overnight Wednesday into Thursday marked the coldest temperature seen in the area since last year.
A wind chill advisory was in effect from 7 p.m. Wednesday until 8 a.m. Thursday for New York City, Long Island, the lower Hudson Valley and for parts of New Jersey and Connecticut.
Wednesday night into Thursday, the temperatures in the northern suburbs could drop to -1 with wind chills making it feel as dangerously cold as 25 below. In the city, temperatures were expected to drop to the single digits and feel like zero.
CBS2’s Lonnie Quinn said the most severe cold will be the most severe from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. Overnight lows were expected to drop to 7 in the city, 5 in Merrick and Tenafly, 3 in Scarsdale and Wayne, minus 4 in Purdys, and minus 8 in New Paltz.
Around the area, forecasters say temperatures will combine with the wind to make it feel like it is 15 degrees below zero in some parts of the state.
At 11 p.m., winds were already gusting to 36 mph in the city with temperatures at a mere 10 degrees – making for a wind chill making it feel like minus 5.
As CBS2’s Tracee Carrasco reported, not everyone was staying inside and bundling up on Wednesday night.
“I didn’t think it would be this cold out. this is definitely a surprise,” Zane Kleinburg said.
“Walking down the street with all that wind I get condensation on my mustached and it freezes,” Jeremy Maneja said, “I can feel it freezing on my lip.”
The wicked winter weather is keeping people in Hoboken bundled up, 1010 WINS’ Rebecca Granet reported.
“I have the scarf, the jacket, the boots, the gloves; sunglasses seem to help my eyes,” Maria said. “We’re good.”
“It is super cold! (How cold?) Cold enough that my hands are numb and I have gloves on,” said Alejandra.