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(Bloomberg) – Scraping against the asphalt, one plow after another made its way down New York’s busiest intersections overnight, noisily pushing around the snow that coated the city. 

In anticipation of the storm, which the National Weather Service had forecast could dump as much as 18 inches on some parts of the northeastern U.S., the New York City Department of Sanitation split its staff into two shifts on Wednesday, each group of 2,400 working 12 hours at a time to clear the city’s roughly 6,500 miles of roads. 

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