NYC To Face -10 Wind Chill On New Year’s Eve

USA Today reports:

Revelers in New York’s Times Square could face the coldest New Year’s Eve celebration in more than 50 years as a brutal wave of arctic air tightens its iron grip on much of the nation.

“We are predicting 11 degrees at midnight in Times Square that will feel like minus-10 degrees,” warned AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Paul Walker. “But everybody from the Rockies eastward is going to experience severe cold through the end of 2017 and into 2018.”

Winds of up to 20 mph will add to woes facing this year’s revelers, Walker warned. But few cities will be spared. Boston is looking at 8 degrees with a “feels like” temperature of -21. Chicagoans can look forward to a relatively balmy 9 degrees that will feel like -3. Even Atlanta will be freezing — 29 degrees that will feel like 24.

ABC New York reports:

More than a million people are expected to ring in the new year in New York City’s Times Square, making the crowded tourist site an inherent target, experts say. The security precautions that will be taken by the New York Police Department to protect the revelers are expected to be unprecedented.

Typical security measures, like using sand trucks and blocker vehicles on nearby cross streets and a mix of plainclothes and uniformed officers, will be deployed as always, but other steps, such as increasing security at nearby parking garages and closer surveillance of large rental trucks, are also being put in place, city officials said.

  • Do Something Nice

    Good. I fucking HATE Andy Cohen.

    • Daveed_WOW

      Me too. The man who turned Bravo from an arty network into trash.

      • Do Something Nice


      • Dayglo

        What’s the better show, “Below Deck,” ”Manzo’d With Children” or “Shahs of Sunset”? Shit, I’d sooner watch Lou Dobbs than any of those.

        • EdmondWherever

          Holy shit, hubby watches ALL of those and more. I’m just over here rolling my eyes, “What’s Supergirl up to this week?”

          • Helen Damnation™

            I dunno Dayglo, Below Deck has some awfully cute boyz!

          • Dayglo

            Best watched with the sound turned off.

          • EdmondWherever

            Ya it sure does, every guy on this season seems pretty hot (save for the captain), and a couple seasons ago I was crushing hard on one named Eddie.

        • Daveed_WOW

          I miss the South Bank show and Italian movies

    • Dayglo

      I thought I was alone in disliking that grinning, cross-eyed twat.

    • Dunkerblinker

      He is garbage

    • June Gordon

      “Look at me! Look at ME!” I’m standing next to a VANDERBILT! OMG! I’ve gotta INSTAGRAM this for history. There is nothing like being fabulous!!!!”

    • GeneInSJ

      I’ll be at a house party, thankfully. Even so, I wouldn’t be watching CNN this year. They’re both sellouts.

    • Helen Damnation™

      He’s sort-of-a gay Sean Hannity. Ack.

  • Rick

    Every time I see Cooper now all I can think is ‘GAY HEIRESS!’

  • Publius

    I’m still bitter about Kathy Griffin losing her New Years’ gig. Seriously, the world has gotten significantly less funny in the past few years.

    • DisqusD37

      I’m sure that chill they’ll be feeling will be coming off Kathy, herself.

    • Joe in PA

      and significantly less sane. 🙁

    • Lars De

      Kathy busting on Anderson was really the only reason to watch. I can’t imagine what the Dull Duo could do that would be worth tuning in.

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    • Helen Damnation™
      • eddiebeskeddie

        the only thing she did wrong was apologize for demonstrating truth.

    • Kruhn


  • Snarky

    “the coldest New Year’s Eve celebration in more than 50 years as a brutal wave of arctic air tightens its iron grip on much of the nation.”

    Thanks Trump.

    • Judas Peckerwood

      Clearly this is Obama’s fault — aren’t you paying attention?

      • nocadrummer

        I thought it was God’s vengeance because of gays.

        • William

          One of our gays is futzing with the knobs on the Weather Control Machine.

          • You mean they weren’t nipples I was playing with in the dark?

          • William

            Oops. Don’t you hate it when that happens?

  • ChrisInKansas

    It’s not going to be the same this NYE without Kathy Griffin. I have an awful feeling next year is going to suck even worse. Prove me wrong, Mueller!!

  • William

    I’ve never understood the appeal of going to such a crowded event. Where do people pee? Is there food and drink?

    • ChrisInKansas

      I’ve heard they hold it for hours and hours. They’re not allowed to leave their “spot” and go back again. How miserable!

    • Do Something Nice


    • Daveed_WOW

      Sounds positively awful.

    • vorpal

      Seriously. I hate Times Square: it is tacky and garish and overcrowded at any time of day. The last way I’d want to ring in the new year is by going there in the freezing cold to be amidst throngs of people.

      Hubby and I stay home, pig out on fillet and good wine, and I’m passed out by 11:30.

      • Ninja0980

        Hubby and I are staying inside for New Year’s at our house.

        • vorpal

          That’s what we’ll invariably do. I fail to see the reason to try to go anywhere or get a reservation at a restaurant or anything on NYE. You may as well do it the day before or the day after when it isn’t sheer chaos.

      • GanymedeRenard

        A few years ago, when I was a newcomer New Yorkerling (is that a word?), I tried to spend my first New Year’s Eve at Times Square just for the thrills. Little did I know that by 6:00 p.m. I couldn’t get past Columbus Circle. Absurd numbers of people! I ended up going to Brooklyn Bridge and watched the fireworks from there. After that time, I tried to avoid Times Square like the plague, New Year’s Eve or not.

        • jerry

          Yeah, you needed to be there at like 8:00 AM to get a place. Then stand around all day and possibly get into one of the restaurants to eat and/or use the restroom, or just warm up. I’m soooooo never going to even attempt that.

          • GanymedeRenard

            Yup. Never again.

      • Just Noh

        then you make past my husband! lol
        i make rich, forbidden finger foods and we drink champagne.

        • My otherhalf is usually asleep by 10 for the event.

      • smokes70

        @netfelix:disqus Watch Season 1, Episode 6 of Broad City. They do a hysterical take on how much natives hate going there in on scene. (I’m not a NY’er, but being a Chicagoan, I can only imagine it’s a painful as going to Navy Pier, or the Taste of Chicago, but on a larger scale) 🙂

        • vorpal

          Broad City is one of my absolute favourite shows!
          (Now that you reminded me of that episode, I’m going to rewatch it on NYE.)

      • Gustav2

        We have been doing that for decades…you are such a copy cat.

        • vorpal

          I don’t know whether to groan or purr. 😸

      • Steverino

        Sounds like my hubby and me! And since we are on Pacific Standard Time, we can watch the East Coast festivities live at 9:00pm, pass out, and then awaken to ring in the New Year on our time three hours later!

        • vorpal

          Hubby and I live entirely opposite schedules. When I get home from work at 6:00 PM, he is just waking up, and when I get up in the morning at 7:00 AM, he is just heading to bed. I love my mornings to myself, though, so I am okay with it :-).

        • Helen Damnation™

          Ah, the ancient joys of timing your naps. (I don’t nap, yet.)

    • jeffg166

      New Years up has always been a non event to me.

    • nocadrummer

      I just want to say one word to you. Just… one word.
      Are you listening?

      • ClevelandJim


      • William

        It’s easier if you recycle with a friend.

      • Helen Damnation™

        If I ever do get “loose” enough to drink da pee-pee, it sure as fuck won’t be in Times Square, 10degrees below freezing!

    • Bambino

      It’s for the young and tourists. Many usually have their own little soiree at their homes.

    • Kissmagrits

      Be careful where you pee….and watch out for the yellow icicles.

    • mark99k

      Where do people pee? Same as on regular days in Times Square — anywhere.

      The one time I attended this debacle (circa 1978), the crowd making its way to TS was so thick I could easily have lifted my feet off the ground and continued moving.

      • Helen Damnation™

        A couple of Mardi Gras were exactly like that. Standing up without touching the ground, making sure (hoping) you’re next to a couple of cute stud muffins!

  • Pollos Hermanos
    • Daveed_WOW

      Please don’t use photos of me without my permission.

  • In other words, a balmy Wisconsin winter day. Been there, done that.

    • ChrisInKansas

      Yeah. It’s been just as cold here this week. Didn’t leave the house all day yesterday!

      • It’s currently 51F here in NM. Quite unseasonable, and looking at the national temperature maps, I can see why.

        We’ve also had an incredibly dry autumn and winter so far. Almost no precip save a few storms since August.

        • William

          I’ve been to JFK airport. That was enough NYC for me.

  • vorpal

    Cue the right wing tweeting:
    “Wheres you’re global warming now you stupid libturds!!!!”

    • GanymedeRenard
    • New Mexico, where instead of freezing temps and snow, it’s in the low 50s, expected to go above 60F every day for the rest of the week.

      Weather weirding.

      • Nychta

        Here in Phx it’s daytime temps in the mid 70s for the next week, with nighttime lows in the mid 40s. I should be pleased, but when winter weather is this warm it makes me dread what summer will bring.

      • coram nobis

        California: no rain, no snow in the forecast, and dry 50s weather. We’re running out of winter months; no rain by April means no rain till next Nov., earliest, in these parts.

      • Helen Damnation™

        I didn’t know you were there, what parts? I left a couple of years ago, after twenty years in Albuquerque. I miss my house! Chiles! Frontier cinnamon rolls! Best pho ever!

    • Gigi

      Which is why scientists are now correctly referring to it as “climate change.”

      • Just Noh

        actually, global warming is correct. the planet as a whole (the globe) is warming. “climate change” is another gift of the abhorrent frank luntz: it tested better.

  • nocadrummer
  • Lazycrockett

    Kathy would have kept them warm with her snarky, alas let the frost bite do its worse.

    • Jukesgrrl

      I hope she enjoys herself in Los Angeles this year.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    In that case, I’d better wear my winter First Lady outfit with the fur lining.

  • hdtex
  • TuuxKabin

    One of the words of the year . . . to protect the revelers are expected to be unprecedented.

    • Jukesgrrl

      Love your avatar.

      • TuuxKabin

        Thank you. Lkewise, yours. I was just looking at some photos of this year’s Science Demonstration here in NYC, along Central Park West. So many brainy people gathered together in so many other cities.

        Used to spend August in PHX, Bisbee, Naco, Agua Prietas, Douglas and points south. If I wasn’t here, I’d want to live in the Sonoran Desert.

  • StevenMN

    Wimps. All of you. The actual air temp in parts of Minnesota was minus 40 F this morning. Same predicted for New Years. (edit) -40 falls far short of the -60 record.

    • William

      I remember those days. That’s when I really appreciated having a block heater installed in my car.

      • Canadian Observer

        I had thought block heaters were essential components in a car… like wheels and seats… it is A/C that is optional. [local temp -20C, windchill -29C, and it is going to get cold overnight]

        • William

          I never heard of one until shortly before I moved to Minnesota.

          • Canadian Observer

            That might go a long way to explaining why so many Americans asked me about our “electric cars” in the 1980s and 90s. *grin*

          • Menergy

            nor had I before I was in Denver over the winter in 1966 at Lowry AFB — had a long extension cord from the apartment out to my Alfa Romeo and the dipstick replaced overnight with the block heater. Ah, memories.

      • Joe in PA

        A co-worker and I visited MN for a class…he couldn’t figure out why those electric plugs were sticking out of the front of people’s cars. 🙂

        • William

          When I cam back to Texas, people kept asking about the cord. I usually told them it was an electric car.
          This was 30 years ago.

          –Thirty years ago, Fuck!

          • Joe in PA

            In Texas…they probably believed you. 🙂


          • William

            I make fun of the idiots here too.

          • Menergy

            50 years ago here….:(

      • Helen Damnation™

        Looking for a wall or something to block the wind gets tiresome too. But I dunno about people who choose to live in -40 temps, what’s the attraction, dude?

        • marshlc

          It’s not -40 all the time. I’m in Edmonton, and while it certainly gets real cold, that’s maybe once or twice a winter (OK, maybe three or four times…). The coldish snap we’re having right now (highs of about -22 C, lows around -30) is the first really bad weather we’ve had this winter. And the summers here are beautiful – you don’t need air conditioning. It’s pretty dry and usually not that hot.

          And while I’d never say we don’t have any assholes here, something about fear of the cold does tend to keep some of the worst assholes away.

    • Joe in PA

      My brother lives in Fosston MN…I occasionally will check the weather…their NYE this year…the HIGH temp -13F. Brrrrrrr.

    • yes b’y
  • Phil Touchette

    Cooper and Cohen deserve to freeze their asses off for forsaking Kathy Griffin.

  • GayOldLady

    So, if it’s going to be -10F windchill in Times Square, maybe Ivanka will show up and serve everyone champagne popsicles. Or maybe she’ll fly away in a private jet to a nice warm island somewhere and spend some of the money she screwed out of the rest of us.

  • coram nobis

    And in other news, SF now learns that it won’t be getting any rain over New Year’s weekend.

    Temps mid-40s to mid-50s, BTW.

  • ohbear1957
    • TominDC

      Nah, too wet with pee to burn.

  • Gigi

    I’ll pass. Can’t stand Andy Cohen.

  • Natty Enquirer

    Uh-oh. “Frigid” is what they call the wind, Mariah.

    • Joe in PA

      Mariah Carey was last year…oh wait.

      (I see what you did there)

      • Natty Enquirer

        She’s booked again on this year’s show. Bet she’ll bring her own ears this time and find something new to blame.

  • jerry

    I was in NYC for New Year’s Eve in 2012…even if I lived there and it was 50 F, I don’t think I would go to Times Square at 8:00 AM to get a spot, stand around all day with hardly any facilities, just to be there for midnight. It was probably around 10 windchill that year, and I comfortably watched it on TV at Rawhide (when it was still open) down on 8th Ave.

  • BeaverTales

    Best wishes to NYC from Anchorage Alaska, where we have a balmy 27 degrees and clouds in our NY eve forecast!

  • Jack

    I was there in utero. That was enough.

  • Mike

    Wherever she spends New Year’s Eve, Kathy Griffin will be warmer than the two vicious queens who betrayed her, and no doubt she’ll be more fun to be around, as always.

  • Dunkerblinker

    Good maybe Andy Cohen will freeze and can be stored away never to be seen from again.

  • Elsewhere1010

    Bring back Griffin.

  • Hank

    May they BOMB BIG TIME without Kathy Griffin!!!!

  • aagold76 .

    you couldn’t pay me to watch Cooper/Cohen- the back stabber and the IQ rapist.

  • misterjack

    It was -8 this AM in Minneapolis, before the windchill factor figured in. So, BUCK UP, NYC.

    • Romero

      Who cares! Flyover country is always colder than NYC!

      Even in the middle of fucking August!

  • gaycuckhubby

    I don’t get the casting for this. I’m not a fan of Kathy Griffin and I think CNN was right to get rid of her but Andy Cohen is just a bad replacement. His whole Act is talking gossip about celebrities and asking them uncomfortable questions. He’s not quick on his feet, he’s not engaging on topical issues and frankly he’s kind of trashy. Hell, Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon would do a better job

  • clay

    I imagine it will be difficult to get any ball to drop at that temperature.

  • Dayglo

    I once spent New Years Eve at a sex club. Not as “glamorous” as you’d imagine. Next week, I’ll do what every decent, right-thinking American does to celebrate: cold Costco wine, Jeno’s Pizza Rolls and Guy Lombardo.
    Wait … that sounds pretty dismal as well.

    • Kruhn

      Sex club, where?

  • sisterfalconer

    Nothing without Kathy Griffin. Wonder if she’ll be on facebook during…

  • MarkBuster

    choosing Andy was a misogynistic response to Kathy Griffith. shame on them..NOT watching. I’m gay cuz I love men. not because I hate women.

  • Megrim Twist

    Hopefully Kathy will live tweet.

  • musiclover703

    See what happens when you piss off Kathy Griffin? In a word, consequences.