NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Bundle up! Winter is keeping its icy grip on the Tri-State area as Arctic air continues to plunge the region into a deep freeze.
The New York City Office of Emergency Management has issued a new weather alert ahead of the dangerously low temperatures that are set to continue Friday night followed by a wintry mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain this weekend.
The Department of Sanitation has also issued a snow alert Saturday, meaning crews, plows and other equipment are ready to clear any snow that may hit the city.
A winter weather advisory was issued until 5 a.m. Sunday for most of the Tri-State Area, CBS2’s Lonnie Quinn reported. Some outlying areas to the north and west were under a winter weather watch.
According to the North American Mesoscale Forecast System model, accumulation will likely total 4 inches in New York City; 3.8 inches in Montgomery; 2.5 inches in Danbury, Connecticut; and just 0.2 inches in Brick, New Jersey. But Sparta, New Jersey could see a pile-up of 7.1 inches.
Meanwhile, the bitterly cold air and brutal wind chills sent temperatures plummeting to new record lows Friday morning, and the miserable conditions continued throughout the day into Friday night. As of 11 p.m., it was just 15 degrees at Central Park, with the wind chill making it feel like 13.
The temperature at Newark Liberty International Airport was 1 degree Friday morning, beating a former record low of 5 degrees. The previous record was set in 1936.
Trenton’s temperature fell to zero around 7:20 a.m. That beats the record low of 6 set in 1936. In sections of the state, wind chills reached 10 to 20 degrees below zero.