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Dangerously bitter cold temperatures expected tonight for Finger Lakes and Central New York

Here comes the bitter cold for the Finger Lakes and Central New York regions.

This won’t be the first Arctic blast of the season, but some places could see the coldest temperatures recorded in 5-6 years.

Most of the region is currently rebounding from overnight lows that dipped to around zero degrees. Wind chills well-below zero were reported in the Syracuse-area, including Cayuga County.


Looking ahead, temperatures will not rise much during the day- and then plummet tonight. The forecasted low temperature throughout the Finger Lakes is between -5 and -10 degrees.

That’s without the wind chill. Even though winds will be light and variable, the mere presence of wind will mean that wind chills of up to -20 to -25 are possible in places.

The bottom line: If you’re going to be outside use extreme caution and dress appropriately. It takes very little time for exposed skin to become frostbitten in these conditions.

Even as temperatures rebound on Saturday and get into the low-20s, wind will keep the ‘real feel’ temperature significantly colder.

Speaking about the bitter cold Arctic air on Thursday, Governor Kathy Hochul said she was directing state resources to assist New Yorkers.

“Forecasts are calling for another round of extremely cold temperatures throughout New York over the next few days,” Hochul said. “These conditions can be very dangerous if not taken seriously, so now is time to prepare. Be sure to limit time spent outdoors, know where to take shelter and as always, check on friends and family, if possible, to ensure their safety.”


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