Wind chill advisory issued ahead of dangerously cold weekend

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NEW YORK – With dangerously cold temperatures forecast for the weekend, a wind chill advisory has been issued for the five boroughs, New Jersey and Long Island, according to the National Weather Service.

The advisory goes into effect 4 p.m. Saturday and is scheduled to last until noon Sunday, the agency said.

Low temperatures between -5 degrees and 5 degrees will couple with wind gusts up to 45 mph to create feels-like temperatures that could plunge to -25 degrees, according to the NWS.

In those conditions, prolonged exposure may cause frostbite or hypothermia. Anyone who must go outside is told to wear a hat and gloves and cover as much of their skin as possible.

Residents in New York City who find themselves with heat or hot water should call 311 immediately, city officials said.

It’s going to be so cold, in fact, that the city canceled Saturday’s ice festival in Central Park “due to extreme weather and high winds.” It won’t be rescheduled, the city said.