But as the mass clear-up begins, forecasters are already warning of a powerful new nor’easter storm front coming in from the Atlantic, bringing 45mph gusts of wind mixed with snow and rain.
The beleaguered coast line is expected to face the storm from Tuesday to Thursday - potentially casting a shadow over Election Day.The East Coast is still reeling from the devastation brought on by Superstorm Sandy.
At least New York City and the surrounding area may escape a beating, as forecasters expect most of the severe weather will hit northern New England – meaning it should land hundreds of miles north from where Sandy reached the continent.
Next week's weather: Another storm is likely to hit the East Coast next week - possible on Election Day
Will it be a Red day or a Blue day? The country is expected to be evenly split weather-wise
Always upbeat: Determined New Yorkers show their spirit is not flagging as they continue the clear-up
Devastation: Areas of New York and New Jersey are still without power days after Hurricane Sandy hit
CLOUDS CIRCLING ELECTION DAY
AccWeather said: 'High pressure dominating eastern Canada is expected to maintain its control. With this pattern, coastal storms have nowhere to go, so they slow down off the East Coast of the U.S.
'That is a classic nor'easter setup.
'It is not out of the question that voters will deal with torrential rainfall and high winds across the Carolinas and portions of Virginia.
'People heading to the polls in Charleston and Columbia, S.C., Wilmington, Charlotte and Raleigh, N.C., and Norfolk, Va., may deal with the messy weather.
'Rain and wind could then spread northward across much of the I-95 corridor, including in Portland, Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., on Tuesday night into Wednesday.'
However, New York and New Jersey can expect frigid winds and rain as hundreds of thousands remain without power and homeless.
A nor’easter is a powerful storm that thrives on cold air. Severe nor’easters can bring hurricane-force winds and blizzards.
AccuWeather expert senior meteorologist Henry Margusity said: 'For millions of people still recovering from Superstorm Sandy, this is not welcome news.
'Thousands are projected to still be in the dark on Election Day, following Sandy's impact.
'The weather pattern remains volatile for another storm to form on the East Coast, but nothing like Sandy. A storm that would be more normal for early November.'
Meanwhile, NBC News meteorologist Al Roker said: 'This is just what we don't need.
'You look at those winds coming counterclockwise, bringing in with it the potential for one to two more inches of rain, wind gusts of 45 miles per hour and wet snow inland just along the New York/New Jersey border. We're talking about wet snow mixing in.
'The problem with this, with these winds of 45 miles per hour and already compromised beaches along New Jersey and Long Island waves of any consequence could cause big problems.'
He added: 'It's just a matter of how strong this system is going to be.'
Stuck: An ambulance remains half buried in West Virginia. The nor'easter storm is expected to bring snow and strong winter winds
Four days after superstorm Sandy lashed the East Coast with high winds and a huge storm surge, thee city is still recovering from the devastating effects
The European Centre Medium Range Forecast predicted the storm will form off the coast of Georgia and South Carolina on Tuesday.
EURO detected Sandy and predicted its devastating landfall eight days before it hit.
By Wednesday, the storm is expected to hook into southern New England.
Forecasters said that the storm will have nowhere near the strength of Sandy and the winds will likely not be powerful enough to be damaging.
However the storm will bring more rain and bad weather to a region that has not even begun to recover from Monday’s onslaught.
‘Snowfall would be confined to northern New England. Also, this system will not be anywhere as impactful as Sandy,’ Tom Niziol, the winter weather expert for Weather.com, wrote.
THE MAKINGS OF A HURRICANE: WHAT IS A NOR'EASTER?
The nor'easter is a winter storm conceived by the meeting of cold arctic air with the warmer ocean air from the Gulf Stream.
The storms usually develop from a low-pressure system in the south, typically in the Gulf of Mexico, and then pushed upward.
They often cause severe flooding along coastlines, erosion, and blizzard conditions - but just as dangerous is the bitter Arctic air that gets dragged along by the weather system.
They storms can come at any time of year, but are mainly seen in winter, where the conflicting wind conditions can quickly spiral into a hurricane.
Nor'easters usually bring massive amounts of precipitation, high winds and large waves and with a full moon, when tides are at their highest, the storm surge could reach as high as 6 to 11 feet.
'The total is greater than the sum of the individual parts,' said Louis Uccellini, the environmental prediction chief of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration meteorologists about the dramatic weather.
Areas of New York and New Jersey are still without power days after Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast of America
Destruction: A New York house reduced to ruins by the devastating force of Hurricane Sandy
Poignant: A child's doll lies discarded in the mud following Sandy's impact on New York City
Out to sea: A boat that was washed ashore by the superstorm Sandy lies in front of houses
Weeks of clean-up ahead: A water pump on 26th street emptied the basement of a gallery
Forecasters still don’t know the exact impact or path of the storm, and cautioned that it could hit other parts of the coast – potentially even New York.
Consolidated Edison, which handles New York City and the Hudson Valley, still has 650,000 customers without power – and said many of them won’t have electricity restored for another ten days.
Two of New Jersey’s largest utility companies reported more than 2million customers still in the dark.
Traffic is backed up on 10th Avenue: The city will take weeks to recover from the widespread damage