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There's warmth at the end of the tunnel after 2 weeks of bitter cold

There's warmth at the end of the tunnel after 2 weeks of bitter cold

'People in the Northeast know this is a part of winter'
There's warmth at the end of the tunnel after 2 weeks of bitter cold
Scotia Cinema employees Tia Tacco and Alaina Adams wait on customers at the concessions Sunday.
Photographer: Marc Schultz

The cold snap is finally coming to an end.

Following two weeks of temperatures below freezing, and with most days being less than 10 degrees, the weather will begin to warm up this week.

According to National Weather Service meteorologist Joe Cebulko, temperatures will get close to 30 degrees on Monday and are expected to get as high as the low 40s going into the weekend.

In the past two weeks, records were set. The record for peak wind speeds was broke, on Thursday and Friday.

Cebulko said wind speeds were up to 43 mph on Thursday, beating the record of 41 mph on that same day in 1994. It got up to 52 mph on Friday, beating the previous record of 48 mph on that same day in 1993.

There was also a seven-day period, which began just after Christmas, in which temperatures averaged less than 10 degrees. While it was the longest cold streak since February of 1979, it was the fourth longest cold streak of all time recorded in Albany.

It was “abnormal” for temperatures to be that low, Cebulko said.

“Our normal lows for this time of year are 15 degrees without windchill,” Cebulko said. “We were looking at temperatures that were anywhere between 10 to 30 degrees below normal for this time of year.”

The cold weather did force some people to stay indoors, as some pizza businesses said they were inundated with calls for delivery.

Paul Englert, owner of Paulie’s Brick Oven Pizza on Rosa Road in Schenectady, said nearly every order that came into his shop was for delivery.

Delivery times were forced to be longer, according to Elyas Amin of Sicilian Pizzeria, located on Van Vranken Avenue in Schenectady. He said when roads are bad, like they were on Thursday, it could double the amount the time it will take a pizza to be delivered.

Amin also said they need to double the amount of drivers working when it’s snowing.

“When it’s like this, people don’t want to come out,” Amin said. “They want food to be delivered to their house.”

However, at Proctors Theatre, whether it’s freezing cold or snowing, the show will go on.

All four shows of "Chicago" at the theater this weekend were well attended, according to publicist Michael Eck. He said that’s mainly because the roads were clear by Friday, adding not a single ticket bought went unused.

“This has been a terrific cold snap,” Eck said. “But people in the Northeast know this is a part of winter.”

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