NYC declares weather emergency ahead of snowstorm

(AP) - New York City has decided not to declare a snowemergency ahead of the storm coming Tuesday night.

The city declared a lower-level "weather emergency."

A snow emergency declaration would have kept private vehicleswithout snow tires or chains off designated snow routes and bansparking along those routes.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning fromTuesday evening through Wednesday afternoon, with the heaviestsnowfall expected overnight.

New York City and its suburbs could get 8 to 14 inches of snow.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration admitted during a CityCouncil hearing this week that declaring an emergency during thepost-Christmas blizzard might have been the better call.

The city last declared a snow emergency in 2005.

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