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Bronx Residents Frustrated With Snowy, Slushy Commutes

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While New Yorkers spent the day puddle jumping, as the temperature drops overnight, there will surely be more slipping and sliding. NY1's Mahsa Saeidi filed the following report.

Even the toughest New Yorkers are winter weary after the second storm in as many days hit the five boroughs.

"The last month has been very dreadful," said one resident. "Snow, now we got this slush that won't stop."

Some parts of the city have already seen 40 inches this season. Enjoli Acosta says enough is enough.

"Frustrated, pissed off," she said. "I don't like going through this, honestly."

She wasn't alone. A group of cold, tired New Yorkers waiting for the bus at Westchester Square all agreed that it had been a long day.

"Took about three hours to get there," Acosta said. "Usually gets an hour and a half just to get to work. Bus never came, and if it did come, it was packed and it would just go right past."

"The trains haven't been horrible," said another Bronx resident. "They go local, but at least we're getting home."

It wasn't a walk in the park for pedestrians, either. First, they had to make sure not to slip on the ice. Then, they had to maneuver around frigid, muddy puddles at the crosswalks. Strategy was key.

"I'm helping people over," said one person. "We're discussing how we going to get through this maze."

"They're bad. They're really bad," said another. "It looks like a little path, and next thing you know, your whole knee is in the water."

Many said that the sidewalks are usually not this treacherous after a storm.

"You could see all the snow. The sidewalks are not done properly," said one resident.

"Look at the snow there. You can see it. It's not been cleaned," said another resident.

NY1 did spot folks trying to clear the sidewalks, but it was an uphill battle.

While the primary roads looked great, a few smaller side streets were giving drivers trouble, and getting in and outs of parking spots was not so fun.

A Bronx native who got stuck in a Wendy's parking lot said that this storm was no different than others. You just have to know what streets to avoid.

"You just get used to it. You know where not to go once the ice starts happening," the Bronx resident said.

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