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The Winter Misery Index: Happiness Levels Dip as the City Freezes

By Savannah Cox | January 19, 2016 10:11am
 Misery Index Five
Misery Index Five
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We just can't catch a break.

Tuesday morning commutes were OK — unless you were on the 2, 5 or 6 trains, which ran with delays — but Accuweather predicts that a "major snowstorm" will make its way to New York this weekend, with the potential to "produce a very heavy rate of snow."

Oh, and Accuweather added that thunder and lightning might join in on the action in some coastal areas.

If the grim weekend forecast hasn't persuaded you to hibernate right now, today's temperatures might. Sunny skies are an illusion for the bitter 27 degree high — which Accuweather says has a "real feel" of 6 degrees — and a low of 23 degrees.

This comes on the tails of a night so cold that the Mayor's Office released a "Cold Blue" warning, which is triggered when "temperatures reach 32 degrees or lower and requires shelter access to anyone in need of assistance," according to a release.

In addition to the Mayor's tips on keeping warm, like wearing warm clothing when outdoors and reporting any loss of heat or hot water to property managers, we'd like to add one of our own: complain.

With that in mind, here's today's score: 5.