Bitter Arctic blast stuns New York after warm fall; record lows tonight

NEW YORK — After a long spell of fall warmth nicknamed "hotumn," Arctic air has arrived with unforgiving force in the New York region, plunging us into icy weather that's more common in January.

Air temperatures peaked at around 50 at midnight before the cold front came through and temperatures dropped like a rock throughout the day.

Temperatures reached the freezing mark by early evening and by 9 p.m. they dropped to 26 degrees in Central Park, shattering an 103-year-old record of 27 degrees.

Winds gusting close to 40 mph at times made it feel more like the 20s and teens Friday night.

Skies will stay generally clear as temperatures bottom out in the lower 20s in the city. That will break the previous record of 28 set back in 1933. The suburbs will likely have record lows, too, as many locales will drop into the teens. At least the winds will relax, making it feel less harsh.

After the very cold start, the sun will do very little to warm up Veterans Day. Temperatures will only climb to around 40 as high pressure settles over the region. Eventually that high will move offshore, allowing temperatures to moderate back to the upper 40s on Sunday.  Clouds will increase especially in the afternoon as a warm front approaches.

Monday will feature a mix of sun and clouds. There could be a sprinkle or two as a weak disturbance passes to the south. Temperatures will continue to climb further into the lower 50s.