An unseasonably early-winter storm brought snow, rain and dangerous winds to the U.S. Northeast this week, plunging many residents of the most populous region of the country back into darkness just as they were recovering from Superstorm Sandy.

The storm iced roads and hit transit systems, setting the stage for a difficult Thursday morning commute and bringing fresh misery to those whose lives had been disrupted by the massive storm that smashed ashore on Oct. 29 with historic flooding.

“I’m kind of laughing about it at this point. It’s unbelievable to go from like a hurricane to a Nor’easter and driving in the snow. I mean in the same week, or same 10 days it’s pretty unbelievable,” Danny Arnedos, an Oyster Bay resident, said.

Sandy’s death toll in the United States and Canada reached 121 after New York authorities on Wednesday reported another death linked to the storm, in the hard-hit coastal neighborhood of Rockaway that bore the brunt of a storm surge.

More than 60,000 homes and businesses in a band stretching from the Carolinas to New York lost power, joining the more than 640,000 customers that remained in the dark after one of the biggest and costliest storms ever to hit the United States.

Freezing temperatures were a fresh worry for residents left without power.

“Just getting around is tough … My parents are out in Roselyn, they have no power either. So just keeping everyone warm and getting food,” Steve Amatrudo said.

New York distributed space heaters and blankets to residents without heat or power and opened shelters to those in need of a warm place to sleep.

The low-pressure weather system coming from the south brought wind gusts up to 97 kilometres per hour and dropped what was expect to be eight to 13 centimetres of snow on New York City, with up to twice that much hitting northern suburbs, the National Weather Service said.