Winter doesn’t officially begin until next week, but the Tri-State Area was hit with its first taste of the bitter cold today after seeing light snow Monday night.
Single digit wind chills dominated the area, and that caused a spike in the call volume at the city’s 311 call center in Lower Manhattan.
Over 200 employees were on duty today taking calls – mostly related to heat and hot water issues. 311 is expected to field about 100,000 calls, which is double the normal call volume, 1010 WINS’ Al Jones reported.
Have a question or need to report an issue? Call 3-1-1 or visit www.nyc.gov/311
Tuesday evening is expected to be cold and blustery according to AccuWeather. The area could also see some flurries into Tuesday night, when temperatures will dip into the teens.
Snow brought highways to a halt in parts of Long Island overnight after ice and snow triggered scores of accidents. Some areas, like Levittown, saw as much as four inches of accumulation.
The cold temperatures are expected to continue into Wednesday with a slight improvement for Thursday. On Saturday, it is expected to warm up a bit – to about 38 degrees.