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New York grinds to a halt in heaviest snow in six decades
Tuesday, December 28th 2010, 1:34 PM GMT
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NEW YORK, Dec. 27 (Xinhua) -- The most severe blizzard in 60 years, making its way across New York City since Sunday, has created chaos for the city's commuters.

By Monday evening, the whole city was covered with snow as deep as 20 inches (51 centimeters). While the snowfall already stopped and the sky was clear, thick snow and ice as well as gusty winds of up to 45 mph are threatening misery for people set to go back to work from the holiday weekend.

The normally overcrowded Fifth Avenue of Manhattan was almost deserted during the morning rush hour, with few cars on the roads. Instead, pedestrians were making their way through the snow-encrusted street, as the sidewalks were blanketed by thick snow.

The local government mobilized 365 salt-spraying wagons and 1,700 snow-plowing trucks to clean the streets. Main avenues were clear of snow, mounds of snow remained on many roads and streets. Despite signs of warnings, cars were seen sliding on slippery roads.

Few buses were running in the city. The city's signature yellow cabs, which normally wait in line to pick up passengers, were hard to find. Phone calls to limo services companies went unanswered.

Though snow stopped, people heading back to work after the holiday weekend found it difficult to get on their way. Public transportation, which New Yorkers normally depend on when going out, was almost paralyzed.

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