NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Temperatures will creep back to the freezing mark on Friday, but there’s a catch – a band of snow will pass through the area and could cause problems for the morning commute.
The high on Friday is expected to top out at the freezing mark of 32 degrees, CBS2’s Lonnie Quinn reported. Such conditions will feel like a heat wave compared with conditions Thursday.
On Thursday morning, the air temperature dropped to 8 degrees in Central Park, with a wind chill making it feel like minus 10. In Monticello, the wind chill felt like minus 23.
But the snow Friday morning could cause some problems.
As CBS2 Chief Meteorologist and Weather Producer Giorgio Panetta reported, an Alberta Clipper was set to swoop into the area on Friday morning, and was expected to dump up to an inch of snow or even an inch and a half for some areas north and east.
The light snow showers will hit just in time for the Friday morning rush. The greatest snow totals are expected mainly from the city on northward into the Hudson Valley and Connecticut.
The New York City Department of Sanitation has issued a snow alert for Friday morning. That means they’ll have salt spreaders, plows and crews ready to remove any snow that may fall in the city.
Meanwhile, anyone going upstate on Friday is advised take special note. On Wednesday evening, Gov. Andrew Cuomo activated the New York State Emergency Operations Center for a lake effect storm that could bring 2 to 3 feet of snow south and east of Buffalo, and at least 3 feet of snow north of Syracuse through Watertown.
Parts of the New York State Thruway in Western New York will be closed as a precaution for the weather. The mainline Thruway (Interstate 90) from Exit 46 (Henrietta) to Exit 61 (Shortman Road), and the Niagara Section (I-190) between I-90 and Exit 16 (I-290) was to be closed to tractor trailers starting at 9 p.m. Thursday, according to Cuomo’s office.
Starting at midnight, the same sections will be closed to all traffic.
On Thursday afternoon, it was colder in Jersey City, New Jersey than in Anchorage, Alaska, CBS2’s Andrea Grymes reported. Temperatures in the Garden State – as well as New York – hovered in the upper teens to near 20.
As CBS2’s Matt Kozar reported, the arctic air was so severe that a section of the Hudson River froze over. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority shut down Hudson River Ferry service between Haverstraw and Ossining Thursday night and Friday because of icy conditions.
As CBS2’s Vanessa Murdock reported, the big coats and hats everyone was wearing on Thursday were cumbersome, and not always exactly fashionable.
But everyday New Yorkers advised focusing on function over fashion when it comes to bundling up. CBS2’s Hazel Sanchez put on electric boots with three levels of heat as she reported on people’s winter attire Thursday afternoon.
Melvin Neuble of the East Village went out wearing layer upon layer upon layer.
“I got another hoodie on. I got long johns, shirt,” he said. “I’m warm.”
Rudell Clark, also of the East Village, went even further.
“I got two pants on, I got one in my book bag. I got one, two three — three coats, two sweaters and one leather jacket under this,” he said.
And to save face – literally – Clark put on a neoprene full face mask.
“It does do the job actually,” he said. “And being a New Yorker, you’re always prepared for the worst.”
Well, sometimes the worst does leave people unprepared. A subway glitch left John Cucuzza of Park Slope, Brooklyn walking 35 blocks to his final destination, and he left home gloveless and dressed for fall instead of winter.
“I should’ve had some warmer socks, and definitely the gloves. You definitely need gloves today. And I have a scarf,” he said. “(But) no, I’m not wearing a sweater. I know. I should’ve had a sweater as well. Like again, I wasn’t dressed appropriately today, but I will tomorrow.”
Deliveryman Reggie Anderson said cold weather tolerance comes with experience – something he has a lot of in working outdoors. And of course, he had plenty of layers on too.
“A fleece, and just a North Face, and long johns and a long shirt,” he said, adding that the attire was working fine.