Chilly Friday before dangerous wind chills return at night, into Saturday


NEW YORK (PIX11) — It was another seasonably cool day across the five boroughs as afternoon temperatures made their way into the low and mid 40s. Skies cleared out as well thanks to an offshore low pressure system that exited the area. Central Park clocked-in with a high of 43 degrees, making it the third day in a row in which temperatures were above normal.

We are expecting some big changes over the next 24 hours however as some polar air slides into our region. Conditions on Saturday will be among some of the coldest that New Yorkers have seen in years.

Temperatures across the tri-state area will be between zero and 15 degrees during the morning hours, and gusty winds will make it feel like -5 to -15 degrees. The winds will let-up slightly during the afternoon hours, but it will still feel like 0 to -5 degrees. If you are heading outside, be sure to dress in layers and cover any exposed skin. With temperatures like this, frostbite can occur in less than 20 minutes. Expect the frigid air to linger into Sunday morning.

If that wasn’t enough, we are also keeping an eye on a coastal storm that is set to move into our area Sunday evening. As of now, the storm looks to be primarily a rain-maker for the five boroughs, Long Island and the southern half of New Jersey due to the storm taking more of an inland track. As for the western suburbs of New Jersey and the Hudson Valley, snow and occasional freezing rain is expected for the first few hours, but a gradual changeover to rain Sunday night is likely for your area as well.

The storm should begin to make its way out of the area around daybreak Monday, but some lingering showers or light snow is possible. Keep in mind though that if the track of this storm shifts further to the east, even slightly, many of you will need to trade in your umbrellas for snow shovels.

Look for drier and brighter conditions on Tuesday and Wednesday with afternoon highs in the mid 30s to near 40 degrees.

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