NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Tri-State Area was trapped in a deep freeze all day and night Friday, after extreme and dangerous cold moved in.
The temperature measured 20 degrees in Central Park at 5 p.m., but it hardly seemed like it. The wind chill made it feel like 11 in the city, and made the air temperature of 12 degrees feel like minus 1, CBS2’s Lonnie Quinn reported.
Temperatures dropped further as the night went on. By 11 p.m., it was 17 degrees on the Upper West Side.
Wind chill warnings were issued for Sullivan and Ulster counties Friday, and in the morning, winds topped out at 30 mph.
A high wind watch was also issued from late Saturday night through Sunday afternoon for New York City, the lower Hudson Valley, western and central Long Island and for parts of New Jersey and Connecticut. Wind gusts of 50 or even 60 mph could be seen on Sunday.
No records were set on Friday, but as CBS2’s Jessica Schneider reported, city officials said the temperatures through this weekend will be some of the coldest the city has ever seen.
“It hasn’t been this cold since the early 90s as far as we can tell; as far as records go back. So use common sense and limit your time outside,” said Office of Emergency Management Commissioner Joe Esposito. ”Some people have got to get outside – they work outside; they’ve got to get places — but try and limit your time outside. Dress properly. Stay dry.”
As New Yorkers bundled up, city officials have been taking action.
Homeless service workers will be doing citywide roundups and keeping checks on people choosing to stay out of shelters and on the streets. People are urged to call 311 if they have problems with residential heat or hot water.
And the Department of Sanitation will be working mandatory overtime for the small amount of snow expected Saturday.
“When you are fighting snow in these extremely cold temperatures, the salt is not as effective,” said Department of Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia. “You are less likely to see asphalt, even if we have been down that street.”
The cold was so severe that Mayor Bill de Blasio earlier also advised New Yorkers to stay indoors unless they have to venture outside.