Annmarie Fertoli, Associate Producer, WNYC News
Annmarie Fertoli is an Associate Producer at WNYC, working with the afternoon news team to produce All Things Considered.
It's downright frigid in New York today.
A large winter storm system is bringing air from the arctic circle down to the Northeast on Monday and through Tuesday. Temperatures will dip into the single digits creating some dangerous situations. Forecasts call for a low around 7 degrees, with wind gusts up to 50 mph.
The New York City Office of Emergency Management has tips for dealing with extreme winter weather. According to the OEM, exposure to cold can cause life-threatening health conditions. Here are some their tips:
A complete list of the OEM's tips can be found here.
In this interview, Mark Wysocki, with Cornell University's Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, offers these additional tips to stay warm:
Finnish United Nations workers Tuomo Mero, 32, said he'd rather bike the 8 minutes to First Avenue than walk for 30. He says Tuesday's weather reminds him of home. "This is quite normal, the nice winter temperatures," he said. "If you just have a sufficient amount of layers and positive attitude, everything will work out." (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)
Commuters faced bracking winds as they emerged from Penn Station. A sign was blown off its hinges and long lines for taxis quickly grew down the block Tuesday morning. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)
Aziz Rahmat (center) from Kabul, Afghanistan runs a coffee kiosk at Penn Station. He was shocked by the cold on Tuesday and says business was down more than 50 percent because of the weather. He's staying warm with heaters and several cups of coffee. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)
Facing the bitter cold winds Tuesday morning at Penn Station with a smile. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)
Homeless New Yorkers ride the subway as frigid temperatures plunge the city into dangerously low temperatures. The Office of Emergency Management warns the cold can exacerbate chronic heart and lung conditions and warns seniors and infants are most at risk. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)