Prepare for an Arctic blast and powerful winds to bring bitter cold temperatures to the city starting Thursday.
The high on Thursday will be in the 20s and then drop to the teens overnight with wind chills as low as zero degrees, according to the city’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM). Winds are expected to top 30 mph with gusts at 40 mph.
Friday is expected to be more of the same with highs in the mid-20s and wind chills below 10 degrees.
“New York City is expecting the coldest temperatures and lowest wind chills of the season on Thursday and Friday,” NYC Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Esposito said. “These temperatures will be dangerous for New Yorkers.”
Those most at risk are the elderly, people with health issues like a heart condition or dementia and the homeless, according to the OEM.
“Remember to check in on your family, neighbors, the elderly, or others with increased health risks to make sure they are protected from the extreme cold,” Esposito added.
When the temperature drops below 32 degrees, a Code Blue Weather Emergency is issued and no one seeking shelter will be denied, according to Esposito’s office. Shelters, drop-in centers, safe havens and heating stations will be available. If you see someone sleeping on the street, OEM urges New Yorkers to call 311 so an outreach team can help.
If you or someone you know needs help paying for heat or other energy costs, you might be eligible for Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). Call 311 for more information or, if you’re homebound, call the NYC Heat Line at 212-331-3150.
If you lose heat or hot water, the OEM suggests speaking to your super or building manager. If services are not restored, you can call 311 or file a complaint on the 311 mobile app or online.
Staying indoors with functioning heat is always the best option during a cold snap, but if you have to go out, bundle up.
Remember how mom used to dress you on a snow day? Channel that. Cover your ears, nose and fingertips and don’t forget your hat. If you start to shiver, get inside, OEM advises.
OEM also wants to remind New Yorkers that although egg nog or some other boozy winter warmth seems like a great idea, alcohol thins the blood and make you more susceptible to hypothermia and frostbite.