Coldest Air So Far This Winter

January 17, 2011 Updated Jan 17, 2011 at 9:35 PM EDT

By Jennifer Stanonis

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January 17, 2011 Updated Jan 17, 2011 at 9:35 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) -- The coldest air of the season chilled Western New York late Sunday night and Monday morning with sub-zero temperatures in many spots. "Very crisp, chilly," one mother outside with her children said. "Lots of layers, bundling up!"

Some people are fighting the freeze, but others are pushing through and even finding time to enjoy being outdoors at the ice skating rink in downtown Buffalo this holiday. "We have cabin fever, have to get out of the house," one skater said.

For those in need, St. Luke's Mission of Mercy in Buffalo is teaming up with the Knights of Columbus to give out hundreds of new winter coats to children, Tuesday afternoon.

And during this cold spell officials at the Erie County SPCA are reminding pet owners to keep their animals inside and out of the cold. "Frost bitten ears, frost bitten paws, so it's best to keep the animal inside," Erie County SPCA Executive Director Barbara Carr said. "If you see an animal that's in distress and being left outside please call us at 716-875-7360 and we will go right away and see what we can do. If the animals are suffering then we will lay charges."

It was just last week when a cat was found frozen and barely alive in a snow bank in Tonawanda, but now he's doing much better. "Miraculously this cat is alive, I mean I can't believe how well the kitty is doing," Carr said. "He's eating now, moving around, using all his limbs, can now see. At one point thought he was blind, but everything is looking up for him."