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City Braces for Second Snowstorm of the Week

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The city says it's ready for whatever snow gets dropped on New York City on Wednesday.

Plows and salters, which barely got a rest after Monday's storm, are at the ready once again.

Precipitation was expected to start after midnight, with snow turning into ice or rain by the Wednesday morning commute.

Alternate side of the street parking is suspended Wednesday but drivers still have to feed the meters.

The Sanitation Department says there will be delays in garbage and recycling pickup because of ongoing snow removal.

The city's Office of Emergency Management has issued a Hazardous Travel Advisory.

As far as getting around, signal problems are affecting some subway lines, though it's not clear if they are weather-related.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says there is good service on Metro-North and most Long Island Rail Road lines, though buses are experiencing delays because of the snow.

Area airports are getting back to normal after hundreds of flights were canceled or delayed because of the storm.

Delays at LaGuardia were up to three hours during the heaviest snow.

Almost six inches fell near the airport Monday.

Meantime, some Staten Island residents are still upset with the city's latest attempts at snow removal and are worried about what lies ahead.

The Sanitation Department says it has 61 salt spreaders and 54 plows on Staten Island today but was a different scene Monday afternoon as spreaders struggled to get up Bard Avenue, a busy street with a hospital on it.

During a press conference Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio noted the challenges of an especially snowy winter, but also promised a better response.

"Sixty-three hundred miles we have to cover of road. Huge and complicated endeavor and we to do it obviously very quickly each and every time in the middle of other circumstances," de Blasio said. "That case in Staten Island was obviously unacceptable. It was not handled properly and we're gonna fix it."

Sources tell NY1 there was a staffing issue on Staten Island, where many local workers take the overnight shift. They also say snow plow drivers from other boroughs are unfamiliar with streets that need the most attention.

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