ALBANY — Upstate New York communities are preparing for bitterly cold weather this week by opening extra shelters and warming centers.
In Buffalo, Albany, Glens Falls and Saratoga Springs, Code Blue programs have been activated. The program provides emergency shelter for the homeless when the temperature falls below 10 degrees, either with or without wind chill.
The National Weather Service says a long-duration arctic outbreak will continue through the week, producing wind chill values below zero most nights.
The weather service predicts temperatures falling to zero to 5 below Tuesday night in western New York, with wind making it feel like 15 below.
Central and eastern New York are also under wind chill watches or advisories.
Another batch of heavy snow and frigid temperatures is forecast from Virginia to New England as a winter storm bears down on the mid-Atlantic and northeastern U.S.
The National Weather Service says the winter storm could bring 10 inches of snow Tuesday to New York and Philadelphia and bitterly cold air with wind chills as low as 10 degrees below zero later in the day.
It warned of heavy winds and hazardous driving conditions throughout the day as the storm moves up the East Coast.
The federal government says its offices in the Washington area will be closed Tuesday due to the storm. The weather service warns the storm could impact the morning commute in Washington and Baltimore.