New York City faced its coldest Valentine’s Day since 1916, with a record-breaking zero degrees in Central Park
- Through noon on Sunday high winds could make it feel as cold as minus-25 to minus-30 in New York City
- Boston also broke records on Sunday, with temperatures dropping to minus-8 degrees, making it the coldest Valentine’s Day since 1957
- Police said weather was a factor in the pileup Saturday in Pennsylvania that killed three people
- The bone-chilling cold canceled horse racing at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in West Virginia
- In Washington, DC, people stripped down to their underwear for the annual Cupid’s Undie Run on Saturday, where the high was just 20 degrees
- In Watertown, New York, which is on Lake Ontario near the Canadian border, temperatures reached as low as minus-37 degrees on Sunday, with wind chills reaching minus-45
- See more news and stories from New York as the east coast is hit with record lows at www.dailymail.co.uk/nyc
Record-breaking freezing temperatures and biting winds had much of the northeastern United States bundling up this weekend and the brutal weather was blamed for a deadly interstate pileup.
The coldest temperatures of the season blew into the region on Saturday with gusts that created dangerous wind chills, well below zero.
Cities throughout the northeast saw record low temperatures on Sunday including New York; Boston; Providence, Rhode Island; and Hartford, Connecticut.
New York City is facing its coldest Valentine’s Day since 1916, with a record-breaking minus-1 degrees in Central Park. A record was also broken at John F Kennedy International Airport 1 degrees. In Newark, New Jersey, and at LaGuardia International Airport, temperatures tied records at zero and 1 degrees, respectively.
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Benedikt Vom Orde and Julia Felte, tourists from Essen, Germany, walk along Park Avenue in New York during a bitter cold spell on Saturday
Some people opted for large scarves and hoods to brace themselves from the cold in New York City on Sunday
Despite the cold, one man faced the wind head-on as he rode a bicycle through downtown Manhattan on Sunday
People in Times Square wrapped up and trying to keep warm on Saturday as wind chill in New York City reached as low as minus-36
Street photographers brave the cold to photograph guests arriving to the Alexander Wang Fall 2016 show during New York Fashion Week on Saturday
People shield themselves from the wind as a woman leaves after the Christian Siriano Fall 2016 show during New York Fashion Week on Saturday
People walk down 8th avenue in New York on Saturday. Temperatures in the city broke Valentine’s Day records on Sunday, reaching minus-one in Central Park
‘These temperatures can be life threatening – especially for seniors, infants and people with medical conditions,’ New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said. Stay indoors and take care of each other, he counseled.
‘It’s so important to take this seriously, to stay indoors to the maximum extent possible, go out for as little time as possible. Do not have skin exposed. These are tough conditions,’ de Blasio told reporters. ‘Be really careful.’
He ordered construction crews to put cranes into secure positions following the collapse of a huge crane in high winds earlier this month, which killed one person and injured three.
In Watertown, New York, which is on Lake Ontario near the Canadian border, temperatures reached as low as minus-37 degrees on Sunday, with wind chills reaching minus-45, the National Weather Service reported. It appears that was the coldest city in the state on Sunday morning.
Through noon on Sunday, the National Weather Service said, high winds made it feel as cold as minus-25 to minus-36 in New York City and parts of Connecticut and New Jersey and as cold as minus-35 degrees around Boston.
Boston reached minus-9, breaking the record set in 1934 by 6 degrees. It reached minus-16 in Worcester, Massachusetts, breaking the 1979 record of 11 below zero. Providence hit minus-9 and Hartford minus-12, also breaking records from 1979.
Areas across Massachusetts are facing freezing wind chills, with the coldest in Worcester, where there is a wind chill of minus-44. Close behind is Orange, with a wind chill of minus-38, according to NWS.
In Montpelier, Vermont, the overnight temperature hit minus-19, tying a record set in 2003.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio warned New Yorkers to take ‘extreme precautions’ over the weekend, which could see the coldest air mass of the winter
A fountain foze over in Bryant Park as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told city residents to stay indoors and to be careful of the cold
A lake in Central Park froze over as temperatures in the park reached minus-1 degrees on Sunday morning
People bundle up with scarves, hats and heavy coats as they walk in the cold weather on Sunday in the Queens borough of New York
Women bundle up as they walk through the Queens borough of New York on Sunday as the city faced record-breaking lows
5 Two women brace themselves against the cold as temperatures approach zero degrees in New York City on Sunday
People brace themselves against the cold as temperatures approach zero in New York
People walk through downtown Manhattan in New York on Sunday as temperatures hit record lows
A woman wears a fashionable hat as she braces against the cold in New York City
One woman dares to walk outside without a hat as she stands in the cold outside New York Fashion Week on Sunday
‘No one will be turned out for lack of space,’ Trevisan said.
In Boston, some hurried through their mornings to get outdoor chores done before the worst cold set in.
‘Right now I’m going to drink a coffee’ to stay warm, Carmen Pichente, 40, said on Saturday en route to her job at a Boston restaurant. ‘Tomorrow, I’m going to stay at home all day.’
Others brushed it off.
‘It’s nothing. I lived in Boston all my life,’ said Eddie Brown, 51, a delivery truck driver out on his rounds. Asked why he wasn’t wearing a coat, Brown replied, ‘I got long underwear on.’
Kevin Taylor, a 49-year-old native of Massachusetts living on the street in Harvard Square, outside Boston, said he had coped with the cold on his own.
‘I got a sleeping bag sized tent that protects me from wind and snow. I got a zero degree sleeping bag and fleece blankets,’ Taylor said. ‘I was born and raised in New England. I’m used to this. It’ll start breaking tomorrow.’
In Cambridge, Massachusetts, Kristen Carlson, 25 and her boyfriend Ross Crory, also 25, were adapting their Valentine’s Day plans.
‘We’re going to brunch,’ Carlson said. ‘We’re going rock climbing later. Indoor activities. Tonight we’re staying in and cooking dinner.’
In parts of New England, shelters opened for residents who lost power and were left without heat.
About 8,000 customers were without power Sunday morning in Lynn, Massachusetts. About 1,400 people lost power in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, where temperatures dropped to 20 below on Sunday, and officials opened municipal buildings to help chilled residents.
Bridgeport, Connecticut saw temperatures as low as minus-6 on Sunday, breaking last year’s record of 3 degrees.
Elsewhere in Connecticut, bitter cold temperatures have caused natural gas outages affecting about 400 residents.
New York won’t be the only state hit with a chilly Valentine’s Day. A cold blast is expected to hit much of the East Coast for a freezing weekend
People wait to run in Cupid’s Undie Run to raise money for charity on Saturday in Washington, DC, where the high was just 20 degrees
Despite the cold temperatures, many Cupid’s Undie Run participants appeared to be enjoying the run through Washington, DC on Saturday
Some people decided to bundle up a little during the run, in which people don their Valentine’s-themed underwear and raise funds for the Children’s Tumor Foundation.
Connecticut Natural Gas said customers in Berlin started reporting outages around 4am on. Sunday.
Officials told WFSB-TV the outage was caused by a frozen regulator. Crews are hoping to have service restored by the evening.
The Berlin Police Department says town officials have opened a warming shelter at a middle school to help affected residents.
Officials believe extreme cold in Vermont broke a utility pole, knocking out service to about 1,500.
An emergency generator didn’t kick in for Sheffield Selectboard Chairman Walter Smith, who said he lost a greenhouse full of about 500 orchids.
‘I’ve got it working now but it’s too late,’ he said.
Police said weather was a factor in the pileup Saturday in Pennsylvania that saw dozens of vehicles – tractor-trailers, box trucks, cars and SUVs – tangled together across three lanes and the snow-covered median of Interstate 78.
A snow squall appears to have moved through at the time of the crash. Three people were killed and dozens sent to hospitals.
The bone-chilling cold canceled horse racing at Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races in West Virginia and at New York’s Aqueduct Racetrack.
The Central Park Ice Festival, which was to feature ice-carving artists and music, was shelved, becoming the second event this year in Central Park to be dampened by the weather. Last month a free winter sports day called Winter Jam was canceled because of Storm Jonas.
People still, however, enjoyed walks and runs in the park on Sunday, despite the freezing temperatures.
‘I’m dumb enough to do this,’ exclaimed John Male before starting a 12-mile park run on Sunday morning.
‘I just always come out and I just decided not to do anything differently’ – except to wear a furry tiger hat over his winter hat, in addition to four layers of clothing.
And even with the freezing temperatures, tourists cloaked in heavy layers wandered over the Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan, snapping photos.
A huge 50-car pile-up shut down a highway near Fredericksburg, Pennsylvania, after a ‘total whiteout’ and severe winds caused drivers to lose control of their vehicles
The mayhem (pictured) came as the north east was hit by an arctic blast freezing temperatures and biting wind chill struck
The smash (wreckage pictured) came after snowstorm alerts were issued for the Philadelphia area, as well as swathes of the north east of the United States
Deliverymen cycled through the windy streets, their hands covered with plastic bags, and garage employees changed tires.
Some people embraced the extremes, with more than 2,000 taking part in the Sea Isle, New Jersey, annual ‘Polar Bear Plunge’, dipping into the icy Atlantic to raise funds for the city’s revitalization.
But elsewhere in New Jersey, the cold kept people inside. In a bagel shop that’s usually brimming with customers on Sunday mornings, Joe Weir was among a small handful of people who sat drinking coffee.
‘I just came from a church service, and it definitely wasn’t as packed as it usually is,’ the 60-year-old Toms River man said. ‘We have a lot of elderly parishioners, and when the weather gets bad or real cold like this, a lot them choose to stay in and watch a Mass on TV instead of going to church. Can’t say I blame them.’
In Washington, DC, where temperatures hit a milder 14 degrees on Sunday, people gathered for the city’s annual Cupid’s Undie Run to raise money for charity on Saturday, when temperatures hit 20 degrees.
Valentine’s Day plans also didn’t seem to be stalled, either.
Nic Faitos, owner of Starbright Floral Design, in New York, was anticipating about 2,000 deliveries this weekend. He said his business double-wraps all the flowers to protect them.
‘If they fall below about 25 degrees they will start to freeze. The petals will become completely wilted,’ he said.
Temperatures were expected to climb before a winter storm already bringing snow to the Midwest moves into the region for the start of the work week.
That storm was expected to bring at least a couple inches of snow in some areas, plus possible icy conditions to the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast on Monday.
The storm was expected to bring five inches of snow to parts of Kentucky and up to six inches to parts of Tennessee before turning to rain.
Weather service meteorologist Jay Engel said New York City will emerge from the record-breaking cold by Sunday afternoon.
But whoever ventured out between Saturday evening and Sunday morning was hit by wind gusts that in some spots reached 40 mph, bringing the wind chill to at least minus-20.
In Virginia Beach, Virginia, The Westin Virginia Beach Town Center’s fountain froze over as temperatures in the area hit 20 degrees on Sunday
Jake Cote, a carrier with the United States Postal Service, delivers mail along in Utica, NY, on Thursday
Shar Horton, of Syracuse, scrapes ice from the windows of her car visiting a friend in Utica, NY, on Thursday
Firefighters from the Erie, Pennsylvania, Bureau of Fire prepare to leave the scene after checking on the occupants of a sedan that spun out in snowy conditions on Wednesday on the Interstate 79 northbound
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