Columbus man scratches one off bucket list with Times Square visit on New Year's Eve

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NEW YORK -- Ohio resident Michael Waller says he made a snap decision Saturday evening and drove overnight from Columbus to New York City so he could ring in the New Year in Times Square.

Waller says he arrived at about 8 a.m. Sunday and has been standing in frigid temperatures in a metal pen with a front-row view of the glittering Waterford Crystal ball. It's one of the coldest Times Square New Year's Eve celebrations on record.

Waller says he didn't want to stay home. It was on his bucket list so he decided to make the trip.

Waller is among thousands of people who have been waiting for hours for the midnight ball drop to usher in 2018.

Mariah Carey will perform again on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve," hosted by Ryan Seacrest. She bungled her performance last year.

The National Weather Service is reporting it is only 14 degrees in New York City, making the New Year's celebration in Times Square among the coldest on record.

The coldest-ever ball drop was in 1917, when it was only 1 degree outside. In 1962, it was 11 degrees. And in 2008, it was 18 degrees.

Revelers were already lined up hours before the celebration Sunday, braving the cold to catch a glimpse of the glittering crystal ball that falls at midnight.

People assembled at the so-called "Crossroads of the World" more than 12 hours before the midnight countdown to 2018. Security was extremely tight throughout Manhattan after a year that saw several fatal attacks on large crowds.