New Jersey

Dangerous Cold to Grip Tri-State for New Year's Eve, Foreseeable Future

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 are forecast to be 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

Even colder subzero temperatures will move into an already frozen tri-state ahead of New Year's Eve after an Alberta clipper dropped several inches of snow.

About 1 to 3 inches of the white stuff 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."

The dangerous, icy weather continues Saturday night as wind chills dip below zero. The frigid weather will continue on New Year’s Eve and through the first week of the New Year. 

Storm Team 4 says the temperature is expected to be about 11 degrees, with a wind chill of -5 degrees, in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. It will likely be one of the coldest ball drops on record, and those heading to Midtown should prepare for the dangerous weather.

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. 

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

Tri-state residents will awaken to a New Year Monday, but the same cold they've dealt with for days. Storm Team 4 says it'll be dry and sunny much of the work week, but temperatures will remain subzero, with highs in the 20s and teens most days.

The first glimmer of “warmth” returns a week from Monday, when highs are forecast to be slightly above the freezing mark, Storm Team 4 says.

Contact Us