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New Yorkers Bundle Up For Biting Cold

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) -- Tri-State area residents were bundled up in layers Tuesday morning as a cold snap moved into the area.

As of 9 a.m., the temperatures in Manhattan were in the upper 20s, with the wind chill in the teens.

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Temps are expected to dip into the low 20s in Midtown on Tuesday night -- and in the teens in some suburbs.

The biting cold is expected to hang around into Wednesday.

Commuters were ready for the bitter blast Tuesday morning.

New Yorkers Bundle Up For Biting Cold

"Hand warmers and foot warmers and long Johns. I've got on everything," one woman told 1010 WINS' John Montone.

"It's just a matter of being prepared for the worst, more than anything else," one man told CBS2's Janelle Burrell outside Penn Station. "Because it varies out here. It warms in the daytime generally. But I like to have all my gear on anyway because you don't know from one moment to the next how it's going to be."

"I can remember rougher winters," a man from Binghamton, New York, said. "So this is what we get when we live in New York."

Telia Smith, of Nutley, New Jersey, said she wished she had better planned her outfit.

"I'm not warm, I'm not," she said. "It's just a cover-up. I feel like I needed one more sweater, and I would have been OK."

Some, including Dan from Ronkonkoma, Long Island, said they love the frigid weather.

"It's New York, the four seasons. And here we are," he said.

Coffee vendors and cab drivers also welcomed the cold, saying it's good for business.

"Everybody needs a coffee," said Aziz Rama said while working in his cart.

"As long as no rain or snow or something like that -- a little windy that's OK," he added.

"People want rides, and they go short distance ... in the taxi," a driver told Montone.

Meanwhile in Buffalo, nearly 3 feet blanketed the area Tuesday, forcing the closure of a 105-mile stretch of the state Thruway.

The highest snowfall total early Tuesday was just under 3 feet in Elma, just east of Buffalo, according to weather service meteorologist Tony Ansuini. The storm was dumping 3 to 4 inches of snow per hour, he said.

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