The coldest weather of the season blew into the tri-state Tuesday, sending temperatures plunging below freezing to start a days-long cold snap, Storm Team 4 says.
Temperatures dropped sharply to the 20s and 30s early Tuesday as arctic winds kicked up and made it feel colder outside than it has in months. In Central Park, temperatures plummeted from 45 degrees at midnight to 27 degrees before the morning commute.
The bitter cold will chill the region all day, with high temperatures 20 degrees below seasonable averages. In New York City, highs will struggle to get to the freezing mark and it'll be even colder in the surrounding areas.
Arctic winds were adding insult to injury Tuesday with gusts between 30 and 40 mph at the area's three airports. The gusts made it feel like the teens and 20s in New York City, about 20 degrees along the coast and near zero in the Catskills.
Temperatures again will take a plunge Tuesday night and into Wednesday, with low temperatures flirting with the coldest on record for Nov. 20 in several areas.
The potentially record-breaking cold is expected to continue into Wednesday, as highs struggle to climb above the freezing mark. It won't feel quite as icy, however, as cutting winds die down.
Storm Team 4 says the snap will likely include the coldest weather the region has seen since March.
Luckily, people won’t have to wait long for things to thaw out as temperatures rebound into the 40s Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Highs will jump up another 10 degrees Sunday as clouds begin to cover the sky.
Monday will be rainy with highs in the 60s but should set the stage for a seasonable Thanksgiving week.