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.
It's a pattern of warm weather coming up for the next two weeks.
Front-ended snow will continue across the Northeast today.
A nasty storm will cross the Midwest and will bring snow and even some severe storms to the Northeast.
A storm will streak across the country producing heavy rains in the Midwest followed by snow across the Northeast.
A storm will bring heavy rain and even snow this week.
Major October storm will bring more rain, flooding, high winds and even heavy snow.