NYC digging out after major snowstorm; travel advisory issued due to icing

ByEyewitness News via WABC logo
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
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Dave Evans has the details from Lower Manhattan.

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- In the wake of the second largest snowfall in the city's history, Mayor de Blasio issued a travel advisory for Monday night through Friday night, January 29th. As nighttime temperatures drop to near or below freezing through Friday, the melted snow can turn to black ice, causing dangerously slick roads. Pedestrians are also urged to be careful while walking on icy sidewalks.

The city is continuing to dig out after the snowstorm brought the city to a standstill Saturday, dumping more than 2 feet of snow in parts of the five boroughs.

Here's a breakdown of the latest efforts to get NYC back to normal:


On Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said much of the effort Monday is being directed toward smaller streets, especially in Queens and Staten Island. Queens is where the most amount of snow fell in the blizzard, and that's from where Eyewitness News has received the most street clearing complaints. A mini school bus even got stuck in Woodhaven. Click here for more details.

He said nearly half the sanitation department's plows -- 920 of them -- are focused on Queens alone. The city also sent 170 front end loaders to Queens.

"Some of those streets a plow is not effective. The snow is too deep and there is not enough room, so we are literally going in and dragging it out," said Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia. "Queens is our first priority for today to make sure we get all of those small streets open."

Garcia said workers will put the snow in dump trucks and take it away, and also begin melting operations across the city.


There have been at least five snow-shoveling deaths across New York City, according to an FDNY official. Three were in Queens, one was on Staten Island and another in Brooklyn.

Officials said all who died were men ranging in age from 51 to 80, and their deaths appear to be heart attacks that occurred while they shoveling snow.


Mayor Bill de Blasio said businesses and homeowners need to make sure they're clearing off the sidewalk in front of their businesses or homes.

The mayor said a 3 to 4 feet wide path is all that is needed, and that the snow should be shoveled off to the side - not into the street.

De Blasio said the city will start fining those who leave snow-covered sidewalks untouched.


The city is looking to hire temporary help to clear the snow from city-owned property. The jobs pay $13.50 per hour. Click here for details.


All city public transportation is back in order following the shutdown of MTA bus service and above-ground subway service.

Some issues have persisted on the LIRR. Click here for more information.


Saturday's blizzard goes in the record books as the second biggest in New York City's history. The final tally was 26.8 inches of snow in Central Park -- only 1/10 of the top slot, in which 28.9 inches fell in February 2006.


Queens won with the most snowfall across the city, but how much did other parts of the city get? Click here to see the list of snow totals across the region.

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