Mayor urges ‘extreme precautions’ as cold weather hits NYC

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A woman lifts her scarf up in front of her nose to shield from the cold air, Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, in New York. The National Weather Service predicts temperatures well below freezing on Saturday for New York. But wind chills could drop even lower, and wind gusts could reach around 44 mph. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

NEW YORK (AP) — The National Weather Service says the coldest air mass of the winter may hit the Eastern U.S. this weekend.

A wind chill advisory was in effect for New York City beginning Saturday afternoon and continuing to noon Sunday. With the actual temperatures falling as low as 4 degrees below, the weather service says the city could see wind chills of 18 degrees below to 24 degrees below. Wind gusts may reach 45 mph.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio warned New Yorkers to take “extreme precautions” over the weekend and heed cold-weather warnings. He said city workers would also bring people living on the street to shelters or hospitals.

The bitter cold is expected to settle in over the next several days but temperatures may rise by Monday.

 

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