NEW YORK -- The nor'easter that stymied recovery efforts from Superstorm Sandy pulled away from New York and New Jersey Thursday, leaving a blanket of thick, wet snow that snapped storm-weakened trees and downed power lines, but didn't appear to add much more to the devastation.
Households from Brooklyn to storm-battered sections of the Jersey shore and Connecticut that had waited for days without power because of Sandy were plunged back into darkness in temperatures near freezing.
``For a home without power, it's great,'' said Iliay Bardash, 61, a computer programmer on Staten Island without electricity since last week. ``But things are not worse, and for that I am thankful.''
In New Jersey, utilities reported 400,000 power outages early Thursday; 20,000 of those were new. In New York City and Westchester, more than 70,000 customers were without power after the storm knocked out an additional 55,000 customers.
There were 60,000 new outages on Long Island, where more than 300,000 customers were without power.
``It's just colder now,'' said Anthony Gragnano, who lives in Lindenhurst, N.Y. on Long Island in a hard-hit area. ``We still don't have heat or power, but aside from a little snow, we're good.''