A powerful nor'easter slammed the tri-state area with an unexpected jolt of heavy snow that dumped several inches of snow across parts of a region just starting to recover from Superstorm Sandy.

High wind warnings were in effect for the region, with winds expected to reach between 40 and 50 mph, with gusts as high as 60 mph. This walloped areas already hard hit by last week's storm. Coastal flooding will be a concern through Thursday morning. Many beaches have little or no protection from advancing waves and will be vulnerable to additional beach erosion and flooding.

The city conducted selective evacuations of people in low-lying areas, but was not calling for mandatory evacuations.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg ordered four nursing homes in the devastated Rockaways to be evacuated. Emergency shelters were open able and volunteers were going door to door notifying at-risk people.

The storm led to the suspension Wednesday evening of Long Island Rail Road service, with the railway plagued with signal-related problems.

Ron Morano of JCP&L told PIX11 News that there had been 149,000 customers still without power following Hurricane Sandy Wednesday, but the nor'aster knocked out power to an additional 120,000 more customers.

Morano said their electrical crew will be boosted to 6,000 people Thursday thanks to receiving another 1,000 skilled workers. This brings the total JCP&L crew to 11,000, which includes foresters, who are working together to bring power back to New Jerseyans as quickly as possible.

City parks and beaches were closed through Thursday afternoon. More than 1,000 flights in and out of airports in the Northeast ere cancelled due to the new storm.

The system will begin to wind down by mid-morning Thursday and conditions will gradually improve. By the weekend, our area will enjoy sunny skies with temperatures in the low 60s.