NYC 'very lucky' to escape worst of storm

People walk along the Brooklyn Bridge following a

People walk along the Brooklyn Bridge following a major winter storm in Manhattan. (Feb. 9, 2013)  (Credit: Getty Images)

New York City escaped the worst of the blizzard, receiving about a foot of snow across the five boroughs and reporting few power outages.

"It's fair to say that we were very lucky," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Saturday morning. "We dodged a bullet."

Police said there were no storm-related fatalities or emergency evacuations.


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Central Park received 11.4 inches of snow, while 12.1 inches fell at LaGuardia Airport, the National Weather Service said.

More than 2,200 vehicles plowed streets overnight, Bloomberg said, clearing every major thoroughfare at least once and even most secondary streets.

Con Edison reported that only 646 homes lost power, half of them in Brooklyn.

The skies were blue over the city by noon Saturday and all major roads had been plowed, with side streets expected to be cleared by nightfall.

Almost all subway lines operated without major delays, but Metro-North service remained suspended.

Despite the aggressive plowing, many streets still had big patches of slush, reducing car and pedestrian traffic significantly.

The morning after the storm, throngs of residents armed with shovels, salt and scrapers cleared snow from the fronts of their homes and businesses.

Bloomberg said he offered manpower and equipment to Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to assist snow-clearing efforts in hard-hit Suffolk County.

Most New Yorkers said the storm wasn't a major hindrance to daily life.

"I'm glad that it wasn't like it was two years ago," said Jen Abounader, a school librarian from Kensington in Brooklyn, referring to the city's widely criticized slow response to the 2010 winter storm. "I heard the snowplows going down my street very often."

But some travel plans did get snarled, as New York airports closed Friday afternoon and highways became treacherous.

"We were planning to go to a friend's house in Connecticut for Chinese New Year but instead we got the groceries and are cooking at our place," said Jenny He, 29, of Battery Park City.

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