Dangerous cold blankets NY metro area

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Pedestrians walk across the Brooklyn Bridge during a snow squall Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Following a winter storm earlier in the week and snow squalls on Wednesday, dangerously cold weather blanketed the region Thursday. Highs were in the single digits but the real feel temperature was around -20 degrees.

Schools reported closings and delayed openings.

The National Weather Service issued several watches, warnings, and advisories for different parts of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. 

The temperatures were not expected to hit record lows. The lowest temperature recorded on Jan. 31 was -2 degrees in 1925.

Friday will be a little warmer but temperatures won't get out of the 20s. The good news is that we could see sunny skies and 40 degrees by Sunday.

"Frigid again overnight but not as harshly cold on Friday," Fox 5's Nick Gregory said. "Rebound in temps over the weekend and we're looking at 50s next week."

Intense bursts of moderate to heavy snow and strong winds began Wednesday afternoon.

%INLINE%State Police and medical personnel responded to a chain-reaction crash on I-90 near Batavia on Wednesday afternoon. At least 21 vehicles, including some tractor-trailers and a State Police car, were involved in the crash, police said. Several people, including a state trooper, were hurt.