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New Yorkers are navigating slippery, sloppy streets after the latest winter storm which brought freezing rain and sleet to the five boroughs.

The overnight storm forced the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to issue a Winter Weather Advisory, urging transit riders to allow extra time to get around, take caution on transit platforms and stairs and carefully board trains and buses.

Sanitation crews were still out late Wednesday salting roads and shoveling the ice.

City officials say a number of roads have been cleared, but residents are still being asked to use caution when heading out.

"The major roadways are in good condition. The Department of Sanitation did a very good job on those,” said Office of Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Bruno. “We are into the side streets, all of the side streets and salting there. There's not really much to plow at this point so I think we're making some good progress overall."

A handful of private and parochial schools were closed or had delayed openings.

And while the Department of Education announced that public schools would remain open Wednesday, some students told NY1 they did not feel safe leaving the house.

"This is very dangerous right now. I don't feel safe walking on this," said a student. "I don't understand how they didn't cancel schools. Anybody could hurt themselves really badly here. It's like you're ice skating."

"It's bad but, you know, she wants to go to school and I'm a father and I gotta do what I gotta do," said a parent.

Armed with ice picks, men chipped away at the sidewalk and salted them so neighbors could safely pass. But that didn’t help with the puddles, which added to the obstacle course.

"This is horrible,” said a Queens resident. “I’m waiting for the snow to melt so far. This is just insane. My shoes are soaked. Every time I come out, I need rain boots."

Delays were abundant on New Jersey Transit, Amtrak and Long Island Rail Road.

Alternate side parking regulations were suspended on Wednesday but drivers still had to feed parking meters.

The MTA prepared for the bad weather since Monday night by sending de-icing trains to keep the rails in working order.

MTA officials urge New Yorkers to check www.mta.info for the latest transit service changes.

Meanwhile, cancellations are racking up at the nations airports – with more than 5,000 flights grounded Wednesday alone.

John F. Kennedy, LaGuardia, and Newark-Liberty were all operating on limited schedules. Air travelers are advised to call their airline before heading out.

The monster storm that moved across the country hit Chicago O'Hare and Midway Airports. Flights in and out of Chicago-O'Hare, an American Airlines hub, remain suspended until Thursday.

The weather is also causing headaches for travelers heading to the Super Bowl.
Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, another major hub for American, was closed Tuesday with 800 flights cancelled. More than 1,000 flights were expected to be cancelled Wednesday, as well.

School Closures And Delayed Openings

Queens
Saints Joachim and Anne School - two-hour delay (10 a.m. open)
St. Sebastian School in Woodside - two-hour delay
Thursday's Child
St. Mel School - two-hour delay (10 a.m. open)
Divine Mercy Catholic Academy - two-hour delay

The Bronx
Our Lady of Mercy School

Brooklyn
Thursday's Child
St. Joseph High School
Lourdes Academy High School
St. Francis of Assisi School

Manhattan
The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) - delayed opening today. School will open at 11:30 am.

Staten Island
Wagner College -delayed opening for classes and all other operations until 10 a.m.

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