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The city is gearing up for what could be the first major snowfall of 2014.

The city could see 3 to 5 inches of snow, beginning Thursday evening and continuing through Friday afternoon.

The city’s Department of Sanitation says it has loaded salt spreaders and attached plows and tire chains to its trucks in anticipation of slick roads.

The Port Authority says it's deploying extra personnel at all its facilities and more than 250 pieces of snow equipment at airports, bridges and tunnels.

This will be the first major test for the new de Blasio administration.

"We've been in contact with everybody all day long, and we know there'll be potentially fairly heavy snow tomorrow night," said First Deputy Mayor Anthony Shorris. "We have a terrific staff as everybody knows, a career staff in sanitation as well as in fire, PD and all the emergency services, all coordinated by the Office of Emergency Management. They're all ready with the plans. The snow plows are ready. The crews are standing by. We'll be ready for the snow tomorrow."

The Department of Transportation is suspending alternate side parking regulations Thursday for snow preparations, but you'll still have to pay at parking meters.

With the threat of a snowstorm on the way, Governor Andrew Cuomo is advising commuters to take public transportation in the face of possible road closures.

He says that parts of multiple highways, including the Long Island Expressway and I-87, could see closures if the weather forces it.

"These roads could be closing tomorrow afternoon if the weather turns out to be what we expect it to be," Cuomo said. "We don't want people in the situation where they have used their vehicle to commute in the morning, and now, they can't get home because the roadways are closed."

Cuomo said that he will activate the state Emergency Operations Center at 10 a.m. to monitor the storm.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority hasn't announced any changes to subway or bus schedules, but that could change.

Cuomo says that the severity of the storm, spanning both upstate and downstate, will put a strain on resources, and the frigid temperatures that follow may make recovery work more problematic.

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