The city has been siezed once again by dangerous arctic temperatures and subzero winds.

The temperature dropped to a record-breaking 2 degrees in Central Park by 6:36 a.m. Friday, the National Weather Service said. But it felt more like 19 degrees below zero with the wind chill.

Tim Morrin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said that the 2-degree low is the coldest temperature recorded since January 2004 when the city experienced 1-degree weather twice that month.

The 2-degree low did break the 7-degree record for Feb. 20 set in 1950, he said. The city could also break the record for the coldest maximum temperature set in 1885 when the temperature hit 16 degrees.

"We can rival it," Morrin said. "It's going to be close."

Even if temperatures rise to the teens later on Friday, it could drop back into the single digits by the evening.

The cold will continue into Saturday, when snow will hit the city by afternoon, the National Weather Service said.

The temperatures warm up on Sunday, with highs in the upper 30s or low 40s.

But that warmth will be short lived: The city will get another blast of frigid temperatures early next week.