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January 3, 2014

Dealing with the latest frigid blast


The weekend is then forecasted to warm up, with temperatures rising into the upper 20s and near 30s Saturday.

"Another storm system — not lake effect — will come toward us Saturday night and bring us some snow on Sunday," Mitchell said.

Lake effect snow will fall Monday and Tuesday, and another cold weather system will come through. 

"Tuesday will be very cold and will be a repeat of today, if not a touch colder," Mitchell said Friday. 

Other parts of the state and northeast were hard hit by cold and snow as well. 

In New York City, with temperatures forecast to drop to single digits Friday night, city officials and advocates for the homeless were urging them to head to shelters. Newly installed Mayor Bill de Blasio pleaded with residents to keep an eye out.

After the year's first snowstorm dumped anywhere from 6 inches in New York City to 19 upstate, officials turned their attention to protecting people from bitterly cold temperatures.

In the upstate town of Byron, a 71-year-old woman with Alzheimer's disease walked out of her home Thursday while her husband slept. He later followed her footsteps in the snow and found her frozen to death.

Two people were killed in highway accidents believed to be weather-related: a man from Troy on the Adirondack Northway and a woman on the Southern State Parkway in Babylon.

In Manhattan, police said, a Dodge truck was stolen as its owner was shoveling snow. He had left the truck running, and a man with a gun told him to back away from it, then drove it off.

Flights resumed in and out of Kennedy Airport on Friday morning after being suspended due to poor visibility and blowing snow. About 750 flights had been canceled at the three New York-area airports.



Tonawanda News reporter Jessica Bagley contributed to this report.

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