NEW YORK (AP) — New York City officials say abandoned cars left on city streets slowed efforts to clear streets after a massive post-Christmas snowstorm.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says snow fell at a rate of 2 to 3 inches an hour at some points overnight, forcing thousands of sanitation workers to re-plow some roads.

He and Sanitation Commissioner John Dougherty say cars that were left in the streets also delayed street plowing. They say it will be at least 24 hours before all streets are cleared.

The mayor says 2,400 sanitation workers were on duty overnight until 9 a.m. Monday and then were relieved by a second shift. The workers used 1,700 plows to clear streets.

Snowfall totals in the city ranged from 15 to over 20 inches.

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