The first snowstorm of 2012 moved through the city Saturday, and despite some slippery conditions, residents and city workers were out taking care of business. NY1’s Amanda Farinacci filed the following report.
They carried umbrellas to shield their faces and some even danced to keep warm, but Saturday's snowfall didn't keep residents inside.
“I think we're lucky. I mean, it was definitely great to not have snow because it's always more of a convenience to get around and be able to do what we want to do, but it's always good to have some in the winter,” said one New Yorker. “It wouldn't be winter without snow.”
“It's about time. You could've been like this the week before Christmas, so I guess it's finally here,” said another.
In the Fordham section of the Bronx, plenty of cars skidded across the road. Residents were out early to clear sidewalks with shovels and snow blowers.
It's a winter tradition many said they'd be happy to miss.
“It's messy, as you can see. I don't really like the snow, but you got to deal with it. So let's clean it up,” said one New Yorker.
“I have two pants, some stockings plus the boots. I have three sweaters and I just make it. That's the way I got to do it because if not, I will be very cold,” said another.
The Department of Sanitation mobilized with 230,000 tons of salt available to cover the city's streets.
The trucks also carry new GPS systems to allow the city to track them and send them where they're most needed.
“We try to be prudent. We have to use what the forecasts say, but we keep updating them so we can adjust the amount of equipment and personnel that we have out there,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Mayor Bloomberg said in the coming weeks, the GPS systems will make it possible for residents to go online and find out how long it’s been since a plow or salt truck visited their street.
That technology wasn't in place for this storm, but there’s still plenty of winter left.
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Runners Complete Snowy Half-Marathon
Avid runners didn't let a little snow keep them from taking part in a half-marathon in Manhattan.
Officials with New York Road Runners say most of the 7,000 entrants actually showed up for the race.
One runner NY1 spoke with said she's glad she finished despite the slippery conditions.
"I almost felt like you were running on sand. You were kind of going up and down versus slippery. I didn't find it as slippery as I did that it was not even ground," said runner Betsy Curran.
"It has its challenges, especially when the roads are icy. So, it's just a matter of shifting around personnel," said Peter Ciaccia of the New York Road Runners Club.
NYRR representatives say any member who registered for Saturday's race will receive the necessary credit toward running the 2013 New York City Marathon, even if they did not participate.
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