New Jersey December 30, 2017
Brace Yourself For New Jersey’s Coldest New Year’s Eve In Decades
If you’re in New Jersey right now, nobody needs to tell you that it’s cold – you know! What you might not know is that this New Year’s Eve is predicted to be one of the coldest on record in almost a century. How cold, exactly? Way too cold for me to go outside.
It was originally predicted that temperatures in the New York/New Jersey Metro Area would be around 15 degrees at midnight. This would make New Year's Eve 2018 the fourth coldest on record in the past century.
However, the most current updates indicate that it might be even colder - somewhere around 14 degrees. This would make it the third coldest New Year's Eve in the past century.
New Year's Eve 2018 would only be topped by New Year's Eve 1962 when the temperature was 11 degrees and New Year's Eve 1917, when the mercury dropped all the way down to just one degree.
With a predicted wind speed of 11-13 miles per hour, it could feel as cold as ZERO degrees Fahrenheit.
Nearly two dozen climate stations in New Jersey had brutal sub-zero wind chills on December 29th, including one at High Point Monument which registered at -14. Caused by a blast of Arctic air, temperatures are 15 to 20 degrees below normal for this time of year.
Daytime highs throughout most of New Jersey will be under 20 degrees. In some places, low temperatures are predicted to be in the single digits. For a clearer picture of what you can expect in your area, check out the low temperature estimates below:
Hackensack - 8 degrees.
Atlantic City - 7 degrees. Haddonfield - 9 degrees. Sparta - 2 degrees. Mahwah - 4 degrees. Millville - 6 degrees. Lambertville - 6 degrees. Cape May - 12 degrees. Morristown - 6 degrees. Harvey Cedars - 9 degrees.
Most of the state is under a Code Blue Alert, which means temperatures are considered too dangerous for the homeless population. Emergency warming shelters are being opened in every county.
If you need a place to warm up or are looking to donate supplies, you can find the shelter nearest you by
. Some of these shelters are open the entire winter, others only while the Code Blue is in effect (January 2nd/3rd, depending on the county.)
Polar Bear Plunges, First Night events and First Day hikes are being cancelled across New Jersey. Residents are encouraged to stay indoors or bundle up.
For information on the cancellation status of First Day hikes near you,
If you want to celebrate in the Garden State, don't despair - there are plenty of indoor events on New Year's Eve.
The Funplex (in East Hanover and Mount Laurel) will be having a family-friendly bash that includes unlimited rides, a $10 arcade game card, buffet, midnight countdown and music courtesy of a DJ. The event runs from 7 p.m. until 12:30 a.m.. If you'd prefer a pool party, head to Harrah's in Atlantic City. $85 will afford you two floors of dancing and access to an open bar. iPlay America in Freehold will be having their own bash and Sahara Sam's in West Berlin will be a balmy 84 degrees all night.
Are you prepared for the icy temps? Remember to bring your mittens! If you’d prefer to enjoy the New Jersey winter while staying indoors, check out
this drone footage of the Garden State.