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Queens Pedestrians Know Winter Shuffle All Too Well

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Old man winter did a good job of spreading the misery around some parts of Queens on Wednesday as residents battled slippery sidewalks and delayed commutes to work and school. NY1's Roger Clark filed the following report.

Jitu Patel was outside his 31st Street Fruit Market shoveling at 5:30 a.m. He was pretty much on his own out in the snow.

"I like winter but not snow too much," he said.

It wasn't long before the falling snow turned to freezing rain, adding another challenge for commuters making their way to work and school.

"It's more than annoying it's emotionally tiring but try and walk a block through this slush and you're tired and I walked from 42nd Street so I'm pooped," said one Astoria resident.

"When I came up the street I felt like I was walking through a Slushy, almost," said another Astoria resident.

"It's like you don't want to step into anything because you don't know if it could be six inches of slush," noted a third Astoria resident.

As the sun came up, the rain made for even more slush, making crossing Ditmars Boulevard seem like some sort of bizarre winter sport.

"This is backbreaking, it's bad for older people," said one pedestrian.

"Right by the corners it's pretty bad," said another pedestrian.

"It's a hassle, none of the streets are shoveled or anything like that so I definitely had to add a few more minutes to my commute," said a third pedestrian.

As for the consensus among Astorians on this winter: Totally over it.

"I am sick of this winter, definitely," said one Astoria resident.

"Yes I'm going back to Florida," said another resident. "As soon as I can get an airline ticket."

Two public school teachers who spoke with NY1 said they were both disappointed they had to go to work. A college student also said he was hoping for an email from his professor canceling class but that never came.

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