NEW YORK — Get ready to freeze.
Brutal cold is on its way to the city this weekend, with temperatures steadily dropping until they bottom out around zero Saturday night, forecasters said.
"It's still going to be sunny, but don't let the sun fool you because it will be very, very cold," said Carlie Buccola, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
New Yorkers already started to feel the cold on Thursday, when the low reached 18 degrees. Temperatures continued to drop Friday morning, hovering around 17 degrees, Buccola said.
Saturday night and Sunday morning will be the coldest, as temperatures could drop a few degrees below zero. With the wind-chill factor, Buccola said, it will most likely feel like 15-20 degrees below zero.
"The best thing to do is try to avoid staying outside as much as possible. Or if you're going to have to be outside, wear as many layers as you can," Buccola advised.
The highest temperatures this weekend will likely come Saturday afternoon when the high reaches 19 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
The weather will remain colder than average next week, but will get warmer on Monday with temperatures in the mid-30s and a possible light snow or rain forecasted for Monday night, Buccola said.