1. The downgrade of Sandy to a tropical storm was a mistake by NHC in my opinion. The pressure is falling, and Sandy will come in with the impacts like a hurricane is what I think is happening now. Sandy is going through the change from a tropical system to an extra-tropical system, so from a tropical sense, yes, Sandy is not really a hurricane, but from a meteorological sense, Sandy is getting bigger and the pressure is expected to fall to sub 950 mb. At that pressure, winds will be over hurricane force. The two images below show the GFS wind speeds in knots.
2. Sandy will be a dangerous storm coming in with a storm surge that will hit Long Island, the south coast of New England and even into New York City. The Jersey beaches to the Maryland beaches will be flooded and in some areas, the ocean is going into the streets.
A storm will bring another swath of moderate to heavy snow from Missouri to New England.
Snow today for areas of VA to NJ....Another storm this weekend could hit the Northeast hard.
Another snow event is on the way. The weekend storm looks like a big one for snow.
A widespread snow and ice event today into Monday. More on the way later this week.
Heavy snow and even thundersnow coming Northeast tonight. More ice and snow Sunday.
Damaging ice storm on the way for the lower Mississippi Valley. Another storm will bring more snow and ice problems this weekend.