Temperatures hovered in the single digits in Rochester Wednesday morning, and could hit a frigid predicted high of 14 degrees during the day. "We can get down to 10 below and it probably wouldn't do as much damage as 10 above for five to seven days".
Less than an inch of accumulation is expected on area roads, but the real danger could be ice, according to the National Weather Service. It wasn't that the VA's heating system wasn't working, but it couldn't keep up with the cold conditions.
Weather service data fro the Hartford-region shows that the record low for December 27th is 0 degrees, set more than a century ago.
"It's not record-breaking, but it's certainly very cold for folks around here", Kelly said.
However it does fall well below the average temperature. In 1933, the record low was set on Christmas at minus 31 degrees. Nor is it unheard of for an extended stretch of cold in December.More news: Local gas prices rising as 2017 draws to close
Folks can celebrate New Year's Day with temperatures expected to rise above zero - if only by 2 degrees.
But, it could be worse.
Brutally cold temperatures across the Hudson Valley are expected to last into next week.
For Monday's big Penguin Swim, those courageous enough to take the dip can expect mostly sunny skies, with a high of 30 degrees, per the weather service.
Maybe there's some interest in a winter hike? On the Virginia Shore, the highest temperature for the week will be 38 degrees Saturday and lowest 18 degrees Sunday night, per the weather service.