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Bitter Cold to Welcome New Yorkers Back to Work on Tuesday

By Jim Scott | January 2, 2012 12:35pm | Updated on January 2, 2012 3:24pm

MANHATTAN — New Yorkers trudging back to work will be greeted by a cold slap in the face as temperatures are expected drop into the teens on Tuesday.

After a mild December and a balmy holiday weekend, temperatures dropped down into the 30s on Monday, with a low of 28 degrees expected.

Forecasters are predicting the temperature will not get much higher than that over the next three days, according to AccuWeather. New Yorkers should expect a partly cloudy day on Tuesday with a high of 29 degrees and a low of 19. Forecasters are calling for Wednesday's high to be 28 degrees.

December came and went with warmer temperatures than usual and no snowfall. It marked just the third time New York failed to get snow in December, according to WCBS-TV.

The unseasonably warm temperatures made for perfect conditions in Times Square on New Year's Eve. The temperatures were still in the high 40s when Mayor Michael Bloomberg and singer Lady Gaga triggered the ball to drop before exchanging a holiday smooch.

While the work week will start off on a frigid note, however, no precipitation is expected and temperatures should get back up into the 40s by the end of the work week.