The "polar vortex" is here and has brought with it record low temperatures. The dangerously low temperatures that arrived to the Tri-State area Monday night are being blamed for 15 deaths nationwide according to CNN.

Newser reports that more than 5,000 flights were cancelled yesterday with more expected to be supsended today due to the weather. Record temperatures were broken or tied at Central Park and all three New York area airports Tuesday morning, according to ABC 7 NY. Central Park dropped to 5 degrees, breaking a 118-year-old record. The bitterly cold temperatures will continue Tuesday with highs of just 10 degrees and wind chills of 10 below zero.

A number of precautions have been put into place including some schools issuing delayed openings. Alternate side parking regulations are suspended in New York City, but parking meter rules remain in effect. 

The Office of Emergency Management is warning everyone of the dangers of the freezing temperatures including prolonged exposure to the freezing temperatures possibly leading to hypothermia and frostbite. Everyone is being encouraged to stay indoors as much as possible.

The NY Times reports that Gov. Cuomo has issued a State of Emergency in 14 New York counties along with closing parts of the New York Thruway.

New Jersey is under a Wind Chill Advisory until 6am Wednesday, according to ABC 7 NY.

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