Wind chills could set records in region

01.07.14 | Bob Price

A wind chill warning through 7 p.m. Tuesday for Central New York and northeastern Pennsylvania has led to the closure of most area schools, and the bitter cold could be one for the record books. The National Weather Service forecasts wind chills as low as minus 33 in Elmira, minus 31 in Ithaca and minus 30 in Binghamton, with the coldest values Tuesday morning. The record wind chill for Jan. 7 is minus 29 in 2005 in Elmira, minus 27 in both 2005 and 2011 in Ithaca, and minus 40 in Binghamton in 1979 and 1989, according to the Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell University in Ithaca. For Tuesday, the weather service said Ithaca was expected to see a high of 7 drop to 0, Elmira a high of 9 drop to 0 and Binghamton a high of 6 fall to 5 below at night, which could break the coldest temperature there since minus 1 in 1996. The normal low for this date is 15 to 16 degrees. The wind chill will be cold enough to cause frostbite in 15 minutes or less, the weather service said.