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Wintry Blast Leaves Behind Slushy Mess on City Streets

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New Yorkers faced yet another blast of winter Wednesday as a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain caused slick road conditions and residual transit delays.

The winter-weary navigated the slush as snow turned to rain.

Residents in the Bronx are facing difficult walking and driving conditions after the borough was hit harder than the rest of the city during Wednesday's storm.

Nearly six inches fell in the Bronx, almost two more than the other boroughs.

Sanitation crews combed the streets as people tried to clear and salt the sidewalks, but drivers and pedestrians said that patches of ice and snow linger, making it difficult for them to get around.

"There's just like a layer of ice underneath, so once you hit a little mound of snow, the wheels just start spinning," said one resident. "It's not going anywhere."

"Sloppy, very sloppy. Could be better," said another. "When you're getting off the street, you're trying to cross the street, you got to walk over a mountain of slush and all this. They could've made little passageways a little better."

The slippery conditions are likely to continue as temperatures drop overnight, turning the heavy, wet snow into ice.

While Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency and a statewide salt shortage, officials said that they can make it through the weekend.

"We have enough of a supply now to be able to help localities that have a truly dire situation, primarily Long Island, New York City area," Cuomo said. "We'll then replenish the supplies as soon as the storm abates."

With temperatures dropping below freezing, Mayor Bill de Blasio advised anyone who didn't need to go out to stay home.

"We are emphasizing today, all New Yorkers, it is a very icy situation out there, both on the sidewalks and on the streets. If you don't need go out, you should not go out. If you don't need to drive, you should not drive. If you can use mass transit, you should use mass transit. It is slow-going out there. It is slippery, and if you have to go out, please leave extra time," de Blasio said.

Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty said that fewer people complained than during recent storms, and he added that all main roads had been salted and plowed by 11 a.m.

In the aftermath of the storm, Con Edison issued a rare winter request to conserve energy in parts of Harlem.

The utility said that three feeder cables went down in parts of West Harlem as a result of the corrosive mix of melted snow and salt getting into the electric system.

Residents are being asked to avoid using washers, dryers and dishwashers, and to shut off the lights where possible.

Officials say even regular use could overwhelm the system and lead to outages.

"Then, that means that we have backed up laundry that we cannot use or get clean when we have to get it clean," said one resident.

"I think it's fine if that's what the city needs to create less of a problem," said another.

"Con Edison, that has such vast resources and so on, they should have a reserve energy that provides for its people."

Con Ed said that the request to conserve energy was temporary.

Crews also had to fix a pipe that knocked out gas in a few buildings in the area.

Meantime, Mayor de Blasio is asking New Yorkers to give blood.

He says recent storms have disrupted the city's blood supply.

To donate blood, all (800) 933-2566, or visit nybloodcenter.org.

Web Extra: Mayor's Full Press Briefing


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Snow Closings

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Offices (including the asylum office) in Manhattan and Queens are closed.

All Mercy College campuses are closed today.

Bronx
The College of Mount Saint Vincent in Riverdale will have a delayed opening at 11 a.m.

Brooklyn
Williamsburg Charter High School is closed.

Morning classes at the Brooklyn and Manhattan campuses of Pratt Institute are cancelled. Classes resume at noon.

Thursday’s Child Early Intervention program in Brooklyn and Staten Island is closed.

Manhattan
George Jackson Academy is closed.

The Chapin School is closed.

Morning classes at the Brooklyn and Manhattan campuses of Pratt Institute are cancelled. Classes resume at noon.

St. Joseph's College Brooklyn campus will open at 12 noon.

Queens
Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament is closed.

Our Lady of Fatima School is closed.

St. Mary Gate of Heaven School in Ozone Park is closed.

Staten Island
All Eden 2 and Genesis programs are cancelled today.

Thursday’s Child Early Intervention program in Brooklyn and Staten Island is closed.

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