Tri-State Freezes as Coldest Air of the Season Arrives

By Saturday, things are supposed to warm back up.

By Steve Sosna
|  Wednesday, Jan 4, 2012  |  Updated 9:35 PM EDT
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Your evening forecast for Wednesday, Jan. 4.

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Your evening forecast for Wednesday, Jan. 4.

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New Yorkers shivered through the coldest day of the season Wednesday as frigid temperatures and numbing winds moved in for a brief cold snap.

By 6:45 a.m., temperatures in the city hit about 13 degrees, but the wind chill made it feel closer to zero, meteorologists said.

While temperatures are not expected to break any cold records over the next few days, tri-state residents will most certainly want to bundle up. And they may need more than a few extra layers Wednesday.

It is expected to be the coldest day this week with a high temperature of only 25 degrees.

Cold winds and a few scattered flurries are forecast to chill the area throughout the rest of the work week, though to a lesser degree after Wednesday.

The average low in Central Park for this time of year is 27 degrees, so while it may feel colder than usual to tri-state residents who've basked in unseasonable warmth over the last few months, it's about normal.

The average high in Central Park for this time of year is 38 degrees, which will more closely mirror Thursday's anticipated temperatures. By Saturday, forecasters expect the region to warm up to near 50 degrees.

Meteorologists expect cooler temperatures Sunday into Monday with an outside chance of a rain/snow mix, depending on how close a storm comes to the coast. Forecasters are monitoring that system for any changes.

Here's a quick review of what to expect over the next seven days:

TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy
LOW: 24 degrees

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny, breezy
HIGH: 40 degrees

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny
HIGH: 43 degrees

SATURDAY: Sunny skies, milder temperatures
HIGH: 50 degrees

SUNDAY: Clouds increasing
HIGH: 43 degrees

MONDAY: Mostly cloudy, slight chance of rain/snow
HIGH: 42 degrees

TUESDAY: Brisk and blustery
HIGH: 39 degrees

As always,
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