Airlines suspended hundreds of flights around New York on Wednesday after gale force winds and snow lashed the city where tens of thousands of people still lack electricity since superstorm Sandy.

The severe weather, with snow, sleet, rain and winds gusting to a maximum of 60 miles an hour, came just over a week after hurricane-strength Sandy wrought serious damage on the region and caused travel chaos.

The new gale, a seasonal Nor'easter expected to last 24 hours, was much less powerful than Sandy, but was being taken seriously.

United Airlines and American temporarily shut down their New York area operations, while New York City and New Jersey called for limited evacuations of low-lying areas.

"We won't order the kind of large-scale evacuation that we did during Hurricane Sandy, but if you experienced significant flooding during Sandy you should consider taking shelter with friends," New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg said. Sandy slammed 15 eastern U.S. states and prompted a huge tidal surge that killed at least 109 people in the United States and Canada.AFP