New York

New Year's Eve Ball Drop 2nd Coldest on Record

What to Know

  • More subzero weather is in the forecast for the first week of the New Year after an Alberta clipper brought snow Saturday
  • Wind chills were well below zero in Times Square on New Year's Eve
  • The dangerously cold weather is set to continue into the second week of the New Year

Times Square had the second-coldest New Year's Eve celebration on record and coldest in 100 years with a forecast of nine degrees as the ball dropped. 

The teeth-chattering forecast didn't put off some party-goers who planned to ring in the New Year in Times Square. Iyann Holley said she was going to be one of the hundreds of thousands of people watching the ball drop in person. 

"I love the cold. I'm a December baby," Holley said. 

The coldest Times Square New Year's Eve was 100 years ago in 1917, when the temperature was one degree at midnight. The second coldest was in 1962, when it was 11 degrees at midnight. This year had the temperature at nine degrees, with a wind chill at five below zero, at midnight, according to Storm Team 4.

Across the tri-state, overnight temperatures dropped into the single digits to slightly below zero. Wind chills into Monday will run as low as 10 to 20 degrees below zero for much of the area and struggle to get much above zero on Monday. 

As of 5:30 Monday morning, Newark, Bridgeport, JFK and Laguardia airports and Islip have recorded the coldest New Year's Day on record. 

A wind chill advisory was issued for inland parts of northeastern New Jersey, the lower Hudson Valley and southern Connecticut from Sunday night into Monday morning. The National Weather Service warned of wind chills as low as 10 below zero to 20 below zero.

The following week remains frigid, with only Wednesday feeling less harsh at with a high in the low 30s. 

You'll have to wait until the second week in January to feel milder temperatures. 

About 1 to 3 inches of snow fell throughout the tri-state Saturday, with parts of Long Island seeing the highest accumulations, Storm Team 4 says. In Babylon, 2.5 inches was recorded, while over in Howell Township, New Jersey, 2.8 inches was measured.

In Bedford, New York, a 40-year-old man and his 3-year-old son were killed when a box truck, whose driver was unable to stop because of icy road conditions, plowed into their vehicle in a six-vehicle, chain-reaction crash, police said. The man's 40-year-old wife survived the crash and was taken to Westchester Medical Center for minor injuries. 

In Manhattan, an FDNY paramedic is being called a hero after he saved a man from the Hudson River. And in New Jersey, firefighters rescued a dog from a freezing lake

At a public housing building on East 141st Street in the Bronx, residents said they had been without heat for more than a week. In a statement, NYCHA said, "Our residents deserve safe, warm homes in the winter and our staff is working diligently to repair outages as quickly as possible.

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