Mayor Thomas Menino is appealing for patience as the city digs out of a 2-foot snowfall and crews clean up streets.

The mayor said late Saturday morning that main arterials are plowed, but work remains on side streets. He urged people to keep their cars off the streets, and to avoid shoveling snow back into streets as the cleanup continues through the weekend. He said no major problems have been reported.

Public works officials said about 600 pieces of snow clearing equipment have been working on roads.

The city's public health director said homeless shelter vans and police have been working to care for homeless people, and beds have been found for all 1,600 people needing them.