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New York City experienced its first snowfall of the season Tuesday, with accumulations varying from one to 2.5 inches.

As temperatures drop overnight, the city's Office of Emergency Management issued a travel advisory for Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, urging New Yorkers to keep an eye out for black ice on the roads and sidewalks.

Though it wasn't all that much snow, it broke city records.

A new record for snowfall was set at Central Park, though only 1.4 inches were recorded there.

The record amount of snowfall for December 10 was 1.3 inches, set in 1932.

A new record was also set at John F. Kennedy International Airport, where 2 inches of snow fell.

In the Fieldston section of the Bronx and in the Bayside section of Queens, 2.5 inches of snow was measured.

At LaGuardia Airport, 1.1 inches of snow was measured.

Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty said that the accumulation wasn't as bad as initially feared.

"The temperature didn't drop as quickly as we thought," Doherty said. "It's staying right now around anywhere from 35 to 36 degrees in most places around the city. So that's why we got a lot of melting action. And the snow has been a very wet snow, and I don't think it's going to be a problem right now, but we're still prepared to do whatever we have to do."

Earlier, the city suspended alternate side parking rules.

Public schools were open and operated on a regular schedule.

Areas of Staten Island saw more snow than other parts of the city.

More than a mile of Victory Blvd was backed up with traffic Tuesday morning as motorists contended with slippery roads.

Business owners hit the sidewalks to keep the path clear for customers.

Some said that despite the work, they like the snow.

"It's a serene feeling," said Christina Carrozza, a Tottenville resident. "It reminds me of the holidays also, which is a wonderful time of year."

"It's beautiful," said Joyce Parr, a Silver Lake resident. "I just need to get to the nursing home where I'm interning, but I guess I'll have to wait until later."

Department of Sanitation officials said that garbage or recycling that was not collected Tuesday should be picked up Wednesday.

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