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People wait in line to buy gasoline during the snowstorm on Wednesday night in Brooklyn.

NEW YORK — An unseasonably early-winter storm brought snow, rain and dangerous winds to the US Northeast, plunging many residents of the most populous region of the country back into darkness just as they were recovering from super storm Sandy.

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

Sandy’s death toll in the United States and Canada reached 121 after New York authorities yesterday reported another death linked to the storm, in the hard-hit coastal neighbourhood 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. 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.

After enduring a week without electricity or running water in her Mendham, New Jersey, home, Kimberly Gavagan said she and her family are now staying with friends that have power.

“The idea of getting several inches of snow on top of this is unbearable,” Gavagan said. “We are going to be shovelling snow and going into a cold house.”

The low-pressure weather system coming from the south brought wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour and dropped what was expect to be three inches to five inches of snow on New York City, with up to twice that much hitting northern suburbs, the National Weather Service said. (Reuters)

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