Anyone planning on attending New York City’s annual New Year’s Eve ball drop had better layer up: the forecast for Times Square is predicted to be 11 degrees around midnight with a wind chill of zero, tying New Years Eve 1962 for the second-coldest on record.
“Hundreds of thousands have withstood very cold weather over the years for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and we expect this year to be no different,” Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance, told the Associated Press. The coldest New Year’s Eve on record was a century ago in 1917, when the temperature dropped to 1 degree at midnight.
With much of the United States locked in another dreaded polar vortex, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day festivities have been cancelled around the country—frozen sharks washed up on the beach at Cape Cod, and Omaha’s holiday fireworks have been postponed as temperatures are predicted to dip to negative 22 degrees on Sunday night. But Times Square’s celebration is still scheduled to go on as planned—with heightened security following recent attempted terrorist attacks in the city and across the country, including an attempted subway bombing in the Times Square station on December 11.
For those planning to stay home, N.Y.E. celebrations across the country will be broadcast live into the comfort of your own homes at around 8pm E.S.T./P.S.T. Once again, Ryan Seacrest is hosting New Year’s Rockin’ Eve from Times Square, which will feature the return of Mariah Carey, as well as John Legend and Demi Lovato. Steve Harvey will host a N.Y.E. special for Fox, PBS will ring in the new year with Leonard Bernstein at Lincoln Center, and Andy Cohen will be replacing Kathy Griffin and joining Anderson Cooper for CNN’s live New Year’s broadcast from Times Square.
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