UPDATE: The New York City Department of Sanitation has issued a snow alert for Tuesday, February 1, 2011 starting at 1 A.M.
In addition, the Office of Emergency Management(OEM) issued a hazardous travel advisory due to a mixed forecast of snow, sleet, and freezing rain. The hazardous conditions will start during the Tuesday morning commute and could continue through the Wednesday evening rush hour.
The National Weather Service predicted total snow and sleet accumulations of three to six inches, and total ice accumulation of up to half an inch.
The hazardous travel advisory from OEM strong recommends that people use mass transit and avoid driving during and immediately after the snow storm.
If you must drive:
Check weather and traffic reports for the latest road conditions
Use major streets and highways
Drive slowly
Keep the name and phone number of at least one local towing service in case your car breaks down or gets stuck in the snow.
Pedestrians are also encouraged to:
Exercise caution and avoid slippery surfaces
Wear layers including a hat, gloves and scarf to stay protected from the cold
Have heightened awareness of cars, particularly at intersections
Property owners are urged to clear snow from fire hydrants in front of or adjacent to their property.
The Department of Sanitation is continuing limited garbage and recycling collection around the city even as it handles snow removal.
Residents should place their trash and recycling bags, pails and containers out at curbside the night before their normal scheduled collection days. Residents should also dig out a path for sanitation crews to have access to collect the garbage.

Alternate side parking and park meters have been suspended throughout the city until further notice.
A snow alert is a readiness notification of a possible snow storm alerting DSNY personnel and starting initial equipment readiness for storm response. In a snow alert, salt spreaders are loaded and plows attached.

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