Temperatures on New Year's Eve are expected to dip to -20 and hit a high of -4, and rebound to 5 degrees above zero on New Year's day. That evening, temperatures will warm slightly to four degrees with a -5 wind chill. "If you have the ability to stay inside, do it".
Even with the layers of gloves, she said that once she returns to her vehicle she warms her fingers on the dashboard heat vents.
Officials are calling for valley snow accumulations of 8 to 13 inches, and mountain accumulations of 2 to 3 feet.
"It looks like it will start to affect this area overnight Thursday into Friday, the worst looks to be Friday night into Saturday with lows of -30 on Saturday morning and highs Saturday (of) -9", Hargrove said. There is a slight chance of rain and snow showers after then.
And this will be the expectation through early next week, with well-below normal temperatures and reinforcing shots of cold air that will keep the tri-state in a freeze.More news: Chiefs to start Mahomes at QB against Broncos
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High temps are not expected to be above freezing until possibly January 7.
"They don't have vehicles high enough, so we are now working with the National Guard to be able to deploy Humvee ambulances to assist them", said Richard Flinn, secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Emergency Management.
Moody said most of the calls were for people who needed help getting out of snowy driveways, had dead auto batteries or had locked their keys in the vehicle while warming it up.
"If you don't have a cellphone, let someone know where you're going and when you'll get there so they can expect you and be aware if you're in trouble", Majors said. His kit includes extra gloves and socks, a hat, candles, candy bars and blankets. Combine those two and the apparent temperature will feel closer to 20 to 40 degrees below zero. The wind pattern can mean unusually cold winters for the Great Plains, weather experts say. Miller said the walkways and sidewalks have been cleared and they have maintenance people ready for any additional work that may be needed.
Turn off space heaters and make sure fireplace embers are out before leaving the room or going to bed.