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Wintry mix creates a messy commute Monday

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Updated 11:31 a.m.

A winter storm warning has been canceled for the area, but a wintry mix and dropping temperatures were still making travel conditions difficult on Monday.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory until 6 p.m. Morning rain will change back to a wintry mix later in the afternoon as temperatures dip before tapering off as snow.

The icy conditions and leftover snow could make travel conditions hazardous during the morning commute. Roads could also be icy as drivers head home from work Monday.

At a storm briefing Sunday afternoon, Mayor Bill de Blasio warned that the biggest threat of the storm would be ice, which would come in the early morning hours Monday.

He asked people to stay off the roads and use mass transit if possible.

Though the MTA system was running on its regular weekday schedule Monday, the icy conditions were creating commuting headaches for Queens straphangers as well.

Ice on the third rail near Queensboro Plaza suspended service on the No. 7 line in both directions that morning after the ice reportedly caused a train to stall and lose power.

The city’s public schools were open on Monday, with all after-school activities going on as scheduled, but field trips were canceled.

Alternate side parking is suspended on Monday and Tuesday to help with snow removal, but payment at parking meters remains in effect.

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