The service reported that temperatures were expected to hit 22 degrees overnight Friday into Saturday, just a degree above the date's record low of 21 degrees in 1973.
Today: Windy, sun/clouds. High 32.
The Friday night chill was expected to give way to warmer weather over the weekend and into next week, according to the National Weather Service.
The early wintry blast is the result of a deep pool of frigid polar air being the Arctic front that crossed through the region late Thursday.
A warmup to more typical November weather is expected.
More record low temperatures were set in parts of the NY area Saturday morning.
This morning's new record low was 3° colder than the previous record.
The warming trend will continue into Monday when temperatures are expected to reach 46 degrees.
But the cold snap won't last too long for New Yorkers - with forecast highs of 38 degrees on Saturday afternoon and 48 degrees on Sunday. The glacial temperatures Saturday morning are set to shatter a Central Park record set 84 years ago.
He added that the normal high for this time of year is a 53 degrees, a full 18 degrees warmer than Saturday's high of 35.
At Sunday's 1 p.m. kickoff between the Buffalo Bills and New Orleans Saints at New Era Field, forecasters call for mostly cloudy skies with a chance for showers and 42 degrees.