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UPDATE: City Shuts Down Due To Storm

Snow closes offices, schools, cancels bus service across five boroughs.

Update, 10:05 a.m.: At a press conference Thursday morning, Mayor Michael Bloomberg updated residents on the latest storm in what he called the "snowiest January on record."

"The weather emergency that we declared yesterday afternoon remains in effect," he added. "Clearing the streets remains our number one job."

The mayor also said that as the roads improve in the area, he expects services to be restored and city workers to start coming in to offices.

Bloomberg also said that the city had  received 145,000 calls since midnight at 311, putting the service on pace, once again, for its highest total ever.

He also reminded residents to pitch in and help clear fire hydrants.

New York City was brought to its knees once again by a powerful snowstorm,

both public and private, are closed all over the city, a decision made by Chancellor Cathie Black at approximately 5:40 a.m. Thursday morning.

According to the MTA, bus service across the city has been cancelled, though several Queens lines, including the Q11, Q22, Q25, Q35, Q43 and Q46 bus lines have been at least partially restored in the area.

Subways are running normally in most areas though they are experiencing some delays.

The Long Island Railroad will be running on a reduced weekday morning schedule.

Queens Public Libraries will be shut down, as well. Snow depths in parts of the neighborhood have been estimated by weather services as deep as 18 inches.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg also made the decision to shut down all non-essential city offices in the city.

"Because heavy snow fell in the City overnight, all non-emergency City government offices are closed for today, in addition to all public schools," Bloomberg said. "New York City almost never takes a snow day, but today is one of those rare days. People should stay at home and off the roads."

Susan Friedman January 27, 2011 at 03:12 PM
From Woodhaven Blvd, south of Alderton, Rego Park: Went out at 7:45 AM. Streets were plowed, but snow was piled up at corners and around cars. After the December storm snow from plowing was piled up at intersections, blocking access to and from the smaller streets. This morning the intersections were passable. Apartment houses and home owners were clearing sidewalks. As in the past two storms, lots of cars were parked on the mall between Woodhaven and service road on the west side.

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