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Strong winds, frigid temperatures and blowing snow froze celebrators from around the world as they ushered in 2009 in New York's Times Square on Wednesday night.

The estimated 100 million viewers tuning into the televised event nationwide may be grateful they stayed home as temperatures dropped into the teens at midnight and heavy winds made it feel like single-digit weather.

Despite a winter weather advisory in effect for much of the day in New York and well into the celebrations, at least 1 million people were expected to crowd Times Square, according to the Times Square Alliance. iReport.com: Your images, your parties Read full article »

CNN's Kristen Hamill contributed to this report.