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Office of Emergency Management braces for nasty winter storm

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UPPER EAST SIDE (PIX11) – On 71st st. and 1st Ave. on the Upper East Side, a huge pile of snow sits in the street from the last snowstorm.

Residents slip and slide. They can’t imagine more stuff on top of this, they say.

The salt is piled high on the Lower East Side ready for another big one. The city’s Emergency Operations Center kicked into high gear early on Thursday.

Besides the snow, there’s the freezing cold to deal with, as NYC health officials again asked the public Thursday to heed their warnings.

It may sound obvious, but emergency officials want to remind everyone to wear a hat, hood, and scarf and wear layers.

The city says Alternate Side Parking Regulations will be suspended citywide on Thursday, Feb. 13, Friday, Feb. 14, and Saturday Feb. 15 to facilitate storm response and snow removal. Metered rules remain in effect.

The city’s Sanitation Department is calling on Pre-Registered Emergency Snow Laborers to help clean bus stops, crosswalks, fire  hydrants, and step streets.