|A "polar vortex" is pushing into New York City. Graphic courtesy of NOAA|
As temperatures are expected to drop well below freezing tonight & tomorrow, NYC OEM reminds all New Yorkers that prolonged exposure to extreme cold weather can be deadly.
The NWS is forecasting bitterly cold wind chills tonight, with overnight low temperatures between 5-8 degrees & wind chills of -15 degrees. Cold temperatures will continue on Tuesday with a high of 10 degrees & wind chills near -10 degrees. Overnight temperatures on Tuesday night will near 5 degrees with wind chills of -10 degrees. Temperatures will remain below freezing until Thurs, 1/9.
Vulnerable populations, such as seniors & infants, are most at risk during extreme weather events. Check on friends, family and neighbors if you think they need help getting to a warm place. The NYC DOHMH encourages everyone to stay indoors as much as possible during this time period, & if your home lacks heat, get to a warm, safe place immediately. Report loss of heat or hot water to 311.
A "Polar Vortex" is pushing down from the Arctic, and temperatures are dropping 40 - 50 degrees from Monday's high of around 50.
The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Advisory and Hazardous Weather Outlook for the New York City area until 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
The cold is is expected to "wreak havoc" on airlines and is affecting Amtrak and some subway lines.
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