Capital Region welcomes in 2018 with subfreezing temperatures

January 01, 2018 11:45 PM

The Capital Region is welcoming in 2018 with subfreezing temperatures. Some don’t seem to mind it, but most people are doing everything possible not to step outside.

A few people were out in the cold in downtown Albany New Year’s Day.

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"We thought some kids or somebody would be here doing skating, nobody’s here,” said Ranta Chobay who is visiting from Florida.

The cold weather emptied out the streets downtown and the Plaza Ice Rink was closed due to the extreme cold. But that didn't stop Chobay from taking in the sights.

"We came visiting so we wanted to see the lights and everything and how downtown looks," explained Chobay.

Some people said they don’t even mind the past six days of freezing temperatures.

“We were actually just in New York City, so you know after being through that this really isn't that bad," said Sarah Thane of Albany.

While it may have been too cold to ice skate downtown Monday, people were able to stay in their warm cars and take in some holiday lights at Washington Park.

“We're prepared to be out here, you know obviously it's an outdoor program, it's a drive thru show and you know we have to be prepared and dressed appropriately,” said Albany PAL Executive Director Lenny Ricchiuti.

Ricchiuti said when it comes to the cold, he likes to make sure volunteers at the Capital Holiday Lights aren't stuck outside for too long.

"We try and dispel people you know every 20 minutes, every 15, 20 minutes so we're not getting to the point where it's like I have to get inside,” Ricchiuti added. “You know, it's chilly.”

Ricchiuti also said the cold adds a little something extra to the displays.

“For sure the lights do look different off the frozen ice and off the frozen typography and it’s awesome,” he said.

While some prefer to stay in their warm cars, others said this kind of weather is to be expected this time of year.

"It's upstate New York it's going to be cold,” said Kyle Fisk of Syracuse. “So people just have to realize that and if they want to venture out in the cold then do it, if not then stay in, have a cup of tea. It is what it is."

Wednesday, Jan. 3 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. is the final night to take in the Capital Holiday Light and it will be a walk through night so organizers suggest bundling up.


Emily De Vito

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