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2018 makes a frigid arrival in Downtown Buffalo

Posted at 6:03 PM, Dec 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-29 23:06:03-05

Bundle up Buffalo, 2018 is making a frigid arrival come the weekend!

With tens of thousands of people expected to gather in downtown Buffalo to watch the illuminated ball drop from the Electric Tower, it will likely be a New Year celebration few will forget - thanks to Mother Nature.

With lows expected to hit one degree by the time the ball drops, Mayor Byron Brown, along with spokespeople from AMR, ECMC, Buffalo Fire Department and Buffalo Police, are encouraging any and everyone with plans to partake in the annual tradition to take the cold temperatures seriously - layer up, head to toe.

Dr. Samuel Cloud, Associate Medical Director at ECMC emphasized, "in these expected temperatures, it only takes about 30 minutes of exposure to experience something like frost bite, so it's important for everyone, especially seniors and children, to dress appropriately."

AMR will have readily available personnel on-hand to help anyone in need, as will BPD and BFD.

To avoid long walks in the cold, the City is encouraging people to take public transportation.

For more information on the NFTA's special metro and bus schedule visit their website.