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Snowstorm Largely Misses City

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The Department of Transportation has suspended citywide alternate-side parking regulations for Saturday, but city agencies did not have much snowfall to shovel.

About two inches of snow fell overnight in parts of Staten Island and Brooklyn, but most of the city only received a wintry dusting and strong winds.

However, the storm is battering the Mid-Atlantic Region, where snow is falling at a rate of two inches an hour.

Washington, D.C. received more than two feet of snow, while Philadelphia got more than 18 inches.

"It never snows on Staten Island, I never see snow. I always get excited, but when I wake up there's nothing here. And this morning I was expecting nothing and when I woke up, there it was. I was shocked," said Joseph Miglio, who was shoveling by his workplace in Willowbrook.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the Sanitation Department has 365 salt spreaders, 1,600 plows and over 100,000 tons of salt standing by to take on the blanket of white.

"Well, you never know, we are on the ready,” said the mayor on his Friday radio show. “The best thing, I always love when people tell me this, when they drive into New York City from another state or another county, they say you know instantly when you're in New York City because the roads are clear."

Parking meters will remain in effect in the city this weekend.

The Port Authority used its own arsenal to take care of airports, highways, bridges and tunnels. The agency has multi-use units at area airports that can plow, brush and blow snow at 35 mph and melters that can liquefy up to 500 tons of snow an hour.

Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials said all scheduled work on the subways was suspended because of the weather, except for the 7 subway line between Manhattan and Queens.

Track work on the line will go on this weekend, meaning there will be no 7 trains between Queensboro Plaza and Times Square through 5 a.m. Monday.

Shuttle buses will make stops at Queensboro Plaza, 45th Road-Court House Square, Hunters Point Avenue and Vernon Boulevard-Jackson Avenue.

Riders heading to Manhattan can take the bus to Queensboro Plaza, where they can transfer to the N train.

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