Face-Numbing Winds, Coldest Temperatures in a Decade Hit Tri-State

Icy gusts whipped the tri-state Monday morning as the mercury dipped to its lowest point in more than a decade in Central Park, and Storm Team 4 says more frigid weather and snow is on the way.

Temperatures hit 3 degrees in Central Park Monday morning, according to Storm Team 4, making it the coldest morning in Manhattan since Jan. 16, 2004 -- when it hit 1 degree.

But it was even colder elsewhere in other parts of the tri-state. Several towns in New Jersey saw lows Monday morning of 1 degree, with Sussex seeing temperatures plunge to 1 below. Montauk saw Long Island's coldest temperatures, with a low of 2.

And in the Hudson Valley and Connecticut, temperatures plunged well below zero. Poughkeepsie saw the region's coldest conditions, with a low of negative 12.

The frigid conditions were made even more biting by blasting arctic winds that plunged wind chills as far as 20 below in most parts of the tri-state and 30 below in the Catskills. Storm Team 4 says the conditions were dangerous for anyone who ventured outside with exposed skin.

A wind chill warning is in effect until Monday morning in Westchester County and other areas north of New York City. The bitterly cold air is creating a risk of frostbite and hypothermia for those exposed to the elements, Storm Team 4 says. Several cities have issued code blue alerts.

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Officials also warned that winds could knock down power lines and push large vehicles off course. Snow that fell earlier could also be kicked up by the winds, reducing visibility. As a precaution, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey instituted special speed restrictions on some bridges.

There won't be much respite from the wintry conditions later this week, either. Storm Team 4 says a storm set to pass over early Tuesday could drop 3 or 4 inches of snow on New York City and even more on some parts of New Jersey. 

The snow is set to start falling at about 2 a.m., according to Storm Team 4. The heaviest snow will fall during the morning commute, before tapering off later in the morning. 

The cold snap should break Tuesday, as temperatures climb back up near the freezing mark, but another extreme arctic blast will hit the area by Thursday.

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