Deep Freeze: Arctic Blast Hits Northeast

Monday, January 24, 2011

Get ready for the ultimate chill out.

An Arctic blast has settled over the Northeast, creating the coldest temperatures in two years and wind chills in parts of New England that feel colder than 50 degrees below zero. The high for New York on Monday is 20 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

Many New Yorkers, such as Robert Antoni who hands out newspapers outside a Queens subway stop, were forced to endure the chilling temperatures. 

"Once you starting working, once you starting getting your blood flowing, you really don't feel it. Maybe a bit in your ears," said Antoni, who works a four-hour shift handing out free newspapers outside the Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue subway station in Queens.

Other New Yorkers have had to spend time outdoors because of their dogs. "It's freezing, and having to take out the dog is just the worst thing ever," says Vanessa Jimeno, who was walking up and down her street in Soho trying to get her shivering pup to do her business. "I'm desperate because she doesn't want to go, because, when it's too cold, she doesn't go. I'm just waiting for her to go so I can go back in," she says.

Amtrak is temporarily suspending its Empire service between New York City and Albany because the extreme cold is affecting signals and switches. Amtrak officials said they hope to resume limited service between the two cities later today. Other rail lines are still running.

The subway is running normally after extra crews checked on rail signals and switches. De-icer and scraper trains combated ice build-up on rails and some trains were stored underground before this morning's commute.


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