NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – New York City sanitation workers are underway in the efforts to clean up what snow has already fallen in the area.

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The Department of Sanitization started calling in its workers on Friday in preparation for the blizzard, Commissioner John Doherty said.

“We’re going into two 12-hour shifts, and we will be working with 365 salt spreaders and another 1600 plows and we’re going to operate around the clock until we get the storm under control,” Doherty said.

The city is preparing for the possibility of a foot of snow and once that first flake falls, the trucks will be out.

As for Monday, Doherty said it will help that schools are closed, but they still have to get roads clear as soon as possible.

“There will be people who will be trying to go work and we have to make sure they get there,” he said. “We have to tell people try and stay off the road. No question about it. I think the first half of the day probably won’t be too bad. As you get into the evening, people better be where they need to be, or else they’re not going to get around too easily.”

Workers will be targeting primary roads where public transportation is used and the roads that emergency vehicles need to get around.

For anyone looking to get around, Doherty believes public transportation is the best bet.

“Public transportation is probably the best to account on and it’ll be up to us to make sure those bus routes open up so when they try that public transportation, they’ll be able to get around,” he said.

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