Baby, it’s cold outside.
Christmas came and the flurries followed, with temperatures expected to continue dropping along with ball on New Year’s Eve.
An arctic blast is slamming New York and the rest of the tri-state area, and it’s slated to bring even more brutally cold weather in for what experts are expecting to be one of Big Apple’s coldest New Year’s Eve celebrations on record.
Forecasters have the highs on New Year’s in New York at around 22 degrees and a low as chilly as 10 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. The temperatures on New Years in the past have been significantly warmer in recent years, ranging from the high 20s to high 30s.
Despite the frigid temps no records are slated to broken. The coldest New Year’s Eve in New York was a bitter 1 degree in 1917, followed by an 11-degree celebration in 1962, according to accuweather.
Still, local officials in nearby areas have already begun to cancel events for the weekend.
Organizers for the New Year’s Celebration in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania have already pulled the plug on their annual festivities, WNEP reported. Several vendors pulled out of the event and will leave downtown Sunbury dark to ring in the new year.
And a Polar Plunge Bear scheduled for 1 p.m. on New Year’s Day in Ventor, New Jersey was canceled for safety reasons, the Press of Atlantic City reported. It’s supposed to be a cold 18 degrees there on Monday.
The days leading up to the New Year are also slated to be uncharacteristically chilly in New York.
Thursday saw a high of 20 degrees and a low of 12 degrees, with gusting winds often bringing the temps to as low as negative five degrees.
Temperatures on Friday and Saturday are expected to climb slightly with highs in the low to mid-20s and lows in the mid-teens.
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