trees, branches and power lines already weakened by Sandy. †††† Con Edison said the northeaster's packing rain and heavy winds are expected to knock down trees into power lines, causing more outages.
The company warned that the new storm could delay customer restorations as crew repairing overhead equipment cannot work safely in high winds.
Over 22,000 homes and businesses around New York lost power last evening, in addition to the more than 640,000 customers who still lacked electricity.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie warned that many people could be left without power due to the storm just as they were trying to rebuild their lives after Sandy.
"I can see us actually moving backwards," Christie said at a news conference on Long Beach Island. "You have to prepare for the storm that's coming in a few hours. I'm waiting for the locusts and pestilence next," he said with a laugh.
While New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has not ordered any general evacuations, the city advised people, who experienced significant flooding during hurricane Sandy, to take shelter with family and friends who do not live in low-lying areas.
The storm also disrupted public transport system in New York, which were slowly beginning to restore services after being rendered inoperable after Sandy.
Snow and rain from the new storm affected MTA Long Island Rail Road and Metro- North Railroad operations in New York.
The busy New York Penn Station was also shut down temporarily due to weather-related disruptions.
While subway service was operating on most lines, bus services were delayed due to road conditions and weather-related traffic volume.
Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police and Director of the New Jersey Office of Emergency Management, said the public should drive safely in the severe weather conditions.
The new storm comes just as New York and New Jersey, the two states worst-hit by Sandy, were limping back to recovery.
Sandy, one of the worst storms to hit the US East Coast, had wrecked havoc across the region killing over 100 people in the US alone.
It brought the mass transit system