Wind chill advisories issued as ‘dangerous’ cold sets in

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NEW YORK (PIX11) -- A frigid blast of arctic air will push temperatures to dangerous lows Thursday across the tri-state.

A wind chill advisories are in effect for Ulster, Dutchess, Pike, Warren and Chemung counties through 3 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

Similar weather alerts expired at 9 a.m. for New York City, Long Island, coastal Connecticut, southern Connecticut, northeast New Jersey and southeast New York, according to the National Weather Service.

Frost bite and hypothermia are possible if exposure to the elements is prolonged, or proper precautions are not taken. Federal weather officials are urging residents that if they must venture outdoors, to wear a hat and gloves.

Temperatures are expected to rebound slightly on Friday with another cool-down to start the weekend.

Homeless New Yorkers can take advantage of warming stations and “Code Blue” programs, in which emergency shelters are opened during extreme cold weather. They are activated throughout the state Thursday.

For a complete list of emergency safety tips visit the DHSES website at: http://www.dhses.ny.gov/oem/safety-info/publicsafety/winter.cfm