Photo Courtesy of the City Sanitation Department
Sanitation crews were out in full force on Wednesday afternoon, some with a mandate to clear snow/ice around fire hydrants.
By Michael V. Cusenza
So much for “Snowmageddon.”
The city dodged a late-winter blizzard bullet on Tuesday as a massive storm that was projected to dump as much as two-feet of snow on the five boroughs saved its worst for Upstate New York and New England, leaving just about seven inches in most areas.
Still, high winds and a nasty mix of precipitation pounded NYC, snarling traffic and forcing many establishments to either shutter early or not open at all. And plummeting temperatures left the Big Apple covered in thick sheets of ice.
“The worst of the storm has passed, and our snow accumulation totals have been downgraded,” Mayor Bill de Blasio reported around noon on Tuesday. “But it’s cold and windy, and we are urging New Yorkers to stay off of the roads to allow our Sanitation department to clear the roads.”