An Arctic Chill and Icy Winds Grip NYC for New Years Eve

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With the arctic cold wave hitting the East Coast, New Yorke City can expect freezing winds and biting low temperatures as we say goodbye to 2017. Here are all the details.

The iconic ceremonial Times Square ball drop has been woven into the fabric of New Year’s Eve across the country since the first ceremony back in 1907. This year, you may want to rethink the torture that is “New Year’s Eve in Times Square” as it may be a little more torturous than usual. Much central, eastern US will welcome in the new year with an arctic chill.

According to AAA (American Automobile Association), over 107 million people will be traveling over the holiday season and many facing delays. This won’t be helped by the freezing weather currently gripping the East Coast, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to end before thousands descend on the city for New Year’s Eve.

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The biting winds and freezing temperatures are set to continue for at least the first week of 2018.

Though this year may be cold, it’s not the coldest on record. That dubious honor goes New Year’s Eve 1917 when the temperature sank to a staggering -7 degrees with a wind chill of -18. The warmest on record? New Year’s Eve 1965, was a balmy 63°.

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This year we can expect a low of around 10° with wintery showers… if you’re looking for some advice, maybe forgo that outdoor celebration and head indoors for that romantic NYE kiss.

Featured image source [Anthony Quintano | Flickr]

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