Central Park drops to a record 2 degrees during ‘brutal’ arctic blast

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NEW YORK (PIX11/AP)-- It's official: it's colder Friday than it has been in nearly 70 years. A record-breaking arctic front has moved into the tri-state area, plunging temperatures and wind chills to dangerous lows.

Temperatures early Friday dipped into record territory with overnight lows ranging from -5 to 5 degrees. Wind chill advisories and warnings have been issued for much of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut until 10 a.m.

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In Central Park, the record low before this cold snap was 7 degrees, set in 1950. That record was broken about 1 a.m., when the mercury dipped to 6 degrees. At 7:01 a.m., it fell even further to a mere 2 degrees. The wind chill there hit -11 degrees.

And Central Park is somewhat protected from the elements.

Meteorologist Tim Morrin , who works on eastern Long Island, noted that while those numbers were "brutal," it felt even worse at Kennedy and LaGuardia airports, where the wind chill dropped to minus-19. The gusts there were clocked at around 30 mph.

On top of the numbingly cold temperatures, winds will be gusting up to 35 mph making wind chill values fall into dangerous territory. Wind chill warnings have been posted for areas well north and west of the city. The rest of the region is under a wind chill advisory because feels-like temps could reach -20 to -30 degrees.

With temperatures so low, frost bite could occur in less than 30 minutes on exposed skin.

The sun will do very little on Friday to make the thermometer budge. Highs will be in the upper teens but wind chill values will more than likely struggle to pass 0 degrees.

Light snow and wintry mix will develop on Saturday into Saturday night. One to 3 inches of accumulation are possible.

Sunday will be cloudy and milder as a wintry mix of precipitation will change to all rain in the afternoon. The high will climb to 41 in the city, low 40s in the suburbs.

Monday will be partly cloudy and windy as high pressure will work its way back into the area. Temperatures once again will be below normal with highs in the low 20s for much of the area.

Tuesday will be partly cloudy and cold as high pressure moves through the region. The high will be 23 in the city, low to mid 20s in the suburbs.

After the weekend, our next chance of snow will come Wednesday as an area of low pressure moves into the region. Accumulating snow will be possible depending on the track and intensity of the system. The highs will be in the mid-30s.