Temperatures tip into teens marking coldest day of December

By Perry Russom

December 12, 2013 Updated Dec 12, 2013 at 7:38 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Thursday was the coldest day in December so far.

Temperatures were in the teens with the wind chill hitting right around zero.

"I haven't felt weather like this in three years," said Drew Vaughn, of Binghamton. "I just moved up here from the beach like a couple months ago back here and it's really, really cold."

As the mercury dropped, the clothes piled on.

"When it's frigid like it is today in the teens, (I have) a scarf and gloves to keep the wind down and the cold air," said Ian Zweig of Binghamton.

When you're out in the cold, the Broome County Health Department said it's important to cover as much skin as possible.

"If people begin to perspire quite a bit, they want to remove the layers because if they become wet underneath, several layers, that could contribute to cold related illnesses," said Public Health Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Sean Britton.

When you're in the cold, listen to your body. Britton said when you start to shiver, that means it's time to head inside.

"Anyone that needs to be outside for work or travel should dress appropriately wearing several layers of clothing," Britton said.

The Health Department said the elderly, infants and people who have health related issues are the most likely to be affected by the cold.