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      Syracuse DPW battles first storm of 2014

      Syracuse DPW Commissioner Peter O'Connor says crews with be out "24-7 until the storm is over."

      O'Connor says plows are doing a good job of clearing snow off the main thoroughfares despite the constant snowfall and bitter temperatures. He says the plows will continue to spread salt on the roads even though it does not work very well when temperatures dip below the lower teens.

      O'Connor warns drivers to be especially cautious due to slick road conditions. Many drivers are finding it difficult to negotiate some of the steep hills in Syracuse. On Teall Avenue near Burnet Avenue, a number of cars could not make it up the hill and had to turn around snarling traffic in both directions.

      O'Connor advises residents to obey the odd-even parking regulations so that the plows can make their way through side streets. He says if people park their cars on both sides of the street, his crews may avoid the street all together. He says his department may also notify police of illegally parked cars which can then be ticketed and towed.