Light snow moved out of the region as tri-state residents continue to grapple with the bitter cold temperatures and subzero wind chills that have forced many to huddle indoors for most of the week.
New York City only saw a light dusting, while the south shores of Suffolk County and the southernmost counties in New Jersey saw 1 to 2 inches of snow accumulation.
Meteorologists said that what started out as a more significant storm track earlier in the week appeared to move offshore, so most of the already shivering tri-state area was spared.
Saturday will see a high of about 29 degrees in New York City, though wind chills will bring the real feel to below zero Saturday night. Sunday will be slightly better, with an expected high of 32 degrees and plent of sunshine.
These cold temperatures can be dangerous, so tri-state residents are advised to heed certain cold weather tips, including wearing mittens, which keep extremities warmer than gloves, covering one's mouth to protect the lungs from the bitter cold air, layering loose-fitting, warm clothing and wearing a hat, because 40 percent of heat is lost through the head.
Animal advocates urge pet owners only take elderly dogs, puppies and short-haired dogs outside when they need to relieve themselves. If a dog whines frequently or keeps lifting its paws up while on a walk, it may need boots. Cat owners should keep their animals inside at all times in such bitter cold.
Forecasters say relief from the frigid temperatures is likely next week, beginning with sunny skies and a high of 30 degrees on Sunday. Temperatures creep up to the mid 30s on Monday before soaring into the mid 40s on Tuesday, and meteorologists expect the tri-state area to crack 50 degrees by Wednesday.
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