Deep freeze to hit Twin Tiers

By Matt Porter

January 6, 2014 Updated Jan 6, 2014 at 6:32 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) An arctic chill will be in the air this week as a pocket of cold air from the northern pole dips down into the Twin Tiers.

The pocket known as a "polar vortex" by meteorologists has already produced record low temperatures in the Midwest and Northeast.

With the chance of record cold temperatures heading for New York and Pennsylvania, heat insulation expert David Currie said there are some simple last minute steps you can take to keeping the heat in.

He said adding some simple weather seals to the inside of doors and windows can make a dramatic difference.

"There's a crack here and the wind comes around. Tonight you want to slow that wind coming around through the door," Currie said.

Currie recommended closing all blinds on windows, even if you're not using the room.

"I don't think you're going to rush out and buy blinds and put them in, but tonight close your curtains for sure," he said.

For those who like to turn down the heat at night, he said it's less economical to do it in extreme cold.

"It's going to take longer for it to rebound because everything is so frigid. You're just as well leaving it a couple degrees warmer," Currie said.

And if the inside of your cabinets get cold at night, Currie warned against leaving them closed in the extreme weather because they can become as cold as a refrigerator.

"Tonight, if you have an area that's prone to being cold, or if it's on an outside wall," Currie said. "You may want to open these doors."

The National Weather Service said wind chills could make temperatures feel as low as -30 degrees Fahrenheit.

Leaving places like the Salvation Army on Washington Street opening all night.

Corps leader Major Ron Heimbrock said they will be offering shelter overnight at the soup kitchen and will hand out coats to anyone who needs one.

"Our facility on Washington Street will be open tonight, all night," Heimbrock said. "So that somebody can come in and get a hot cup of coffee, something to eat, and they can stay as long as they want."

The cold snap isn't expected to break until Wednesday.