Queens residents and city pols fume over ‘Snowvember’ storm that paralyzed the five boroughs

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Queens and the rest of New York City came to a halt after a few inches of snow hit the city yesterday.

Clogged highways and the delayed public transportation caused commutes that would normally take 20 minutes to take three to six hours in many cases. All week, weather reports predicted snow for Nov. 15, but it seemed as though elected officials and city agencies were grossly unprepared for the snowfall.

According to the National Weather Service, Queens neighborhoods received anywhere from 3 to nearly 6 inches of snow. Areas like Whitestone and Astoria got 5.4 and 5.7 inches respectively, while Flushing and Middle Village residents reportedly saw 3 to 3.2 inches of snow.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and the Department of Sanitation took to social media yesterday morning to give updates about weather conditions and snow plows, warning commuters to be cautious in the slippery conditions.

Despite the mayor advertising the PlowNYC website to track snow plow progress, NYC residents reported that they had not seen plows or salt spreaders during their multi-hour commutes. Though weather conditions were fairly tame, New Yorkers criticized the mayor and the city for their poor preparation, which they said exacerbated the situation. Others posted commute updates on the road, showing photos of standstill traffic and packed train stations.

Snow caused trees to fall all over the city, with Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens reporting the most fallen trees.

This morning New Yorkers were faced with train delays and residual traffic from last night’s snowfall. Many schools in the tri-state area had delayed starts or were closed altogether but the Department of Education canceled planned field trips and after-school programs across the five boroughs.

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