WeatherMatrix (Jesse Ferrell)

A frigid New Year's Eve and start to 2018

By Jesse Ferrell
1/01/2018, 12:28:58 PM

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The ball dropped in New York City during the second coldest New Year's Eve ever last night, at 9 degrees F, 2 degrees below the AccuWeather forecast, with a wind chill of -4. The number two spot was previously held by New Year's Eve in 1962.

NYC New Year's Eve


Across the Midwest and Northeast, it was downright frigid. In some locations, New Year's Eve celebrations were canceled.

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By this morning, the first day of 2018, temperatures ranged from the -40s in the Midwest to -30s in New England and much of Canada. Here's what the temperatures looked like at 7 a.m.:

New Year's Morning Temperatures


NORTHEAST LOWEST TEMPS BY STATE (CWOP/COOP):

  • Lowville, NY: -37
  • Fryeburg, ME: -31
  • Whitefield, NH: -30
  • East Berkshire, VT: -26
  • Fonzo & Despard, WV: -20
  • Smethport, PA: -18
  • Walpack, NJ: -16
  • Mt. Mitchell, NC: -7
  • Mt. Leconte, TN: -6
  • Staunton, VA: -2
  • Woodside, DE: -1
  • Garrett County, MD: 0

MIDWEST/NORTHEAST LOWEST TEMPS BY STATE (Airports Climo Only):

  • Hettinger, ND: -44*
  • Glendive, MT: -38*
  • Philip, SD: -35*
  • Watertown KART, NY: -31**
  • Fryeburg KIZG, ME: -30
  • Whitefield KHIE, NH: -30***
  • Wayne KLCG, NE: -28*
  • Multiple Locations, MN: -27*
  • St. Johnsbury K1V4, VT: -25
  • Black River Falls, WI: -23*
  • Pontiac, IL: -21*
  • Frankfort KFKR, IN: -21*
  • Lapeer KD95, MI: -16
  • Kirksville KIRK, MO: -16*
  • Bradford KBFD, PA: -16
  • Lancaster KLHQ, OH: -12
  • Clarksburg KCKB & Parkersburg KPKB, WV: -6
  • Andover K12N, NJ: -5
  • Staunton KSHD, VA: -2
  • Garrett County, MD: 0
  • Wilmington KILG, DE: 5

MAJOR NE CITY LOWS (Airports Climo Only):

  • New York City: +7
  • Philadelphia: +7
  • Washington DC: +6
  • Baltimore: +5
  • Boston: 0

*Final climo data not in yet.
**According to the climo data Saranac Lake (KSLK) was only -30.
***Mt. Washington (KMWN) was -29 yesterday, -24 today.

PA New Year's Day AM Temps


Here in State College, Pennsylvania, I experienced what (I think) was the third coldest temperature I've ever seen, -9 F, bested only by -13 in 2011 and -15 in 2009 at my house. Temperatures in the state fell as low as -18.

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