Frigid Temps Don't Stop Some From Enjoying WinterPosted: Updated:
Temperatures didn’t get past single digits Monday, but that didn't stop people in Sackets Harbor from ringing in the new year in true north country style.
"I don't recall it ever being this cold for so long this early in the season,” Watertown resident Carl Boler said.
Boler has been an avid snowshoer since the ‘90s and coming out to hike in frigid Sackets Harbor on New Year's Day was no exception.
Every January 1, New York State Parks hosts what's called the "First Day Hike" throughout the village.
It's a way for people to get some exercise and ring in the new year. For Boler, it's his first time in the event, but he loves snowshoeing so much that the cold temperatures don't bother him.
"Here it is zero degrees and I'm out here now,” he said, and if we had 10 feet of snow, I would still be out here."
It turns out Boler is probably right about feeling the frigid temperatures so soon in the season.
"Usually it's not quite this early and late December, usually more mid-January, early February is when you see the coldest temperatures for the northeast region,” said Steve Welch, who’s a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
As for Boler, he has some advice for fellow northern New Yorkers.
"And if you don't get out to go exercise, you're going to be inside depressed and not knowing what to do because it's too cold and there's too much snow,” he said. “Go out and enjoy it. Upstate New York has a lot to offer in all four seasons."
It might be about a week or so before temperatures start to warm up.