I just wanted to throw in my two cents regarding the problem the city and other areas had with clearing the roads of snow. My neighborhood lost power on the Friday evening of the first large storm and remained out for about 20 hours. With the power out, our homes got cold very fast.
I know that main arteries need to be cleaned first, but some thought should be given to areas without power so that people can make their way to warming centers. To compound the problem, some of the new phone systems like Comcast work only for a few hours on battery during an outage and may limit people's ability to call for help.
My borough was able to plow my street by late Saturday night, so we got our heat and means of exit at about the same time. That some people were still without either for days after the storm is frightening.