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Cold Takes Grip as City Digs Out From Storm

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Getting around the city should be a little easier Wednesday after Tuesday's snowstorm, but New Yorkers are being urged to bundle up as temperatures dip into the single digits.

New York City public schools were open, but the city urged parents to use their best judgment when bringing their kids to school.

All after-school programs, field trips and PSAL games will run as scheduled.

The New York Archdiocese says all Catholic elementary schools in Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island are closed.

Snowfall totals in the city ranged from 9 inches in the Parkchester section of the Bronx to more than a foot in South Ozone Park, Queens.

During a morning snow update, Mayor Bill de Blasio said he is proud of the city's response to Tuesday night's snowstorm and addressed critics' complaints.

The mayor praised first responders for their work in keeping the city safe during the dangerous weather conditions.

He said the Department of Sanitation has cleared 100 percent of primary roads, and denied accusations of selectively plowing certain neighborhoods over others.

"With all due respect to anyone who wants to play out a theory here, it's just not accurate. We had a coordinated, intense citywide response. And if there's any areas not as good as they should be at this moment, I assure you I've been watching this man in action, he is very quick to make adjustments and get equipment out there," de Blasio said.

"It is what it is, they can believe what they want. I know what we did, I know what some of our problems were. But we built the system, ya think about it, we built a system where we allow the public to see exactly what we're doing right now," said Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty.

Drivers are still being urged to take it slowly as plows make their way around, and to use mass transit wherever possible.

The city's snow plows are all equipped with GPS so they can be tracked online.

To see when your street is going to be plowed, go online to maps.nyc.gov/snow.

Meantime, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority says most subway lines are running at near-normal service.

Express trains resumed in time for the morning rush.

Buses are running at 80 percent to 90 percent of normal levels, depending on customer demand.

Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road trains are running on reduced schedules Wednesday.

Alternate side of the street parking rules are suspended through Thursday, but you still have to feed the meters.

All three area airports are reporting delays of 15 minutes or less.

But travelers should check with their individual airlines before heading out.

Amtrak is running a modified schedule on the Northeast Corridor, the Keystone Service and the Empire Line.

Acela Express and Northeast Regional service will run with reduced service.

Snow Closings and Delays 1/22/14

• New Heights Academy Charter School in upper Manhattan is closed
• Collegiate School is closed
• The Chapin School is closed
• Thursday’s Child early intervention centers in Brooklyn and Staten Island are closed

• Fordham University classes at Bronx and Manhattan campuses beginning at 4:30 p.m.
• Morning classes on Brooklyn and Manhattan campuses of Pratt Institute are cancelled. Afternoon and evening classes with a start time of 12 p.m. or later will resume normal class schedule.
• Mercy College campuses expected to open at 11 a.m.
• U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offices in Manhattan, Queens, and Long Island to open at 11 a.m.
• Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Zoo, New York Aquarium to open at 11 a.m.

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