NEW YORK — United Airlines announced Tuesday it would suspend flights to and from the New York City area due to the arrival of a new storm to a region still recovering from superstorm Sandy.

The decision affects three major New York regional airports -- JFK, La Guardia and Newark in New Jersey, United spokesman Charles Hobart told AFP.

Hobart said he could not say how many flights would be affected.

"We will suspend most service to and from the New York area between noon Wednesday, November 7, and noon Thursday, November 8, as a result of the winter storm forecast for the region," Hobart said.

The US National Weather Service has forecast heavy rain and likely snow on Wednesday and Thursday in the New York-New Jersey area, accompanied by gale force winds gusting as high as 43 mph (69 kmh).

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday announced a limited evacuation of some neighborhoods ahead of the storm.

Sandy, which began as a deadly hurricane in the Caribbean, slammed 15 eastern US states and prompted a huge tidal surge that killed at least 109 people in the United States and Canada and caused tens of billions of dollars worth of damage.

The coastal regions of New York and New Jersey were hardest-hit when Sandy crashed ashore on October 29.