Tri-State suffers through blistering wind, single-digit temps

January 21, 2019 - 6:10 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS/AP) – Monday was brutal as temperatures dropped to dangerous levels as an Arctic blast swept into the Tri-State, bringing ice and blistering winds. 

It was a bone-chilling 4 degrees in New York City Monday morning, with a RealFeel of 23 below, according to AccuWeather. That's the coldest temperature recorded in four years. 

Wind gusts hit 30 mph Monday, making it feel even colder.

Ice remained a concern for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday in areas still wet from Saturday night's winter storm. 

Bryant Park's fountain was frozen and Times Square was empty Monday morning, but Donald, a doorman at DoubleTree Suites, said the crazy cold didn't bother him. "I can take this, I'm a New Yorker. I can take this," he said. 

One woman visiting from Ghana wasn't doing so well: 1010 WINS' John Montone said you could barely see her beneath her hats, scarves, gloves and boots. 

Arctic Blast

Several accidents were reported in Manhattan Monday morning, including on the Harlem River Drive and West Side Highway. There were rail issues on the PATH, LIRR and nearly a dozen subway lines. 

1010 WINS' Carol D'Auria ran into 80-year-old Ravi, who was ice skating in Bryant Park. He had four or five layers on but didn't think the cold was that bad. 

"I've been to the North Pole, South Pole, glaciers," he said. "I've been through all this." 

Rashida, on the other hand, wanted no part of the frigid weather. 

"It's nuts," she said. "It's brutal. It's painful." 

AccuWeather says it will remain bitter and cold Monday, with a high of only 15 degrees and RealFeels down to 20 below throughout the day. 

Temperatures warm a bit to the high 20s Tuesday. AccuWeather says it will be rainy and milder Wednesday and Thursday, when highs will reach the low 40s and high 40s, respectively. 

Monday forecast

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is warning residents to prepare for potentially dangerous conditions amid the arctic cold front. The governor urged New Yorkers to refrain from going outside over the next couple of days unless absolutely necessary.

A major concern for Westchester is power outages from trees and limbs falling on power lines from the weight of ice.

Gov. Phil Murphy warned people that the icing at the backend of the storm is a major threat to New Jersey, which saw more precipitation during Saturday's storm. 

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In a call with 1010 WINS Sunday, Murphy said the state was trying to anticipate freezing and outage concerns. 

"We have some flooding as a result of the rain that we've had, and more importantly going forward, we're going to see some very substantial freezing conditions," he said. 

Gov. Ned Lamont says his office is in close contact with utilities as they work to restore power to thousands of customers in Connecticut.