While the severity of the storm grabbing attention is still questionable, the storm would affect the Boston area spanning Sunday night through Tuesday.
The storm, be it Sandy, a hybrid, a nor'easter or a period of rain and wind would advance quickly up the coast and may then stall. Hence, the unusually long period of nasty weather forecast.
There is a risk of damaging wind, torrential rain, coastal and flash flooding, power outages, downed trees and travel disruptions due to storm ranging from a moderate nor'easter to a hurricane.
The storm would be nearby during the full moon, a time when astronomical tides are the greatest.
More details will become available with this storm over the next few days. However, if you have extensive preparations to do as a precaution, waiting until early next week would be too late.
While rain will slice through portions of the Midwest and Northeast this week, it will interrupt the stretch of dry weather in store for most locations only briefly.
While waters will be slow to recede across flood-ravaged South Carolina, a stretch of dry weather will provide favorable conditions for cleanup efforts across the region.
One potential path for Joaquin will have the post-tropical cyclone reaching Ireland as early as Saturday.
Joaquin remains on track to make Europe its final destination with a part of the British Isles and western Europe first facing potential impacts this weekend.
The next round of rain for the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore areas will be at the end of the week into the start of the weekend.
Despite Hurricane Oho not making landfall across Hawaii, rough surf will rattle the islands into Friday.
Tulsa, OK (2000)
A trace of snow - the earliest observation of snow on record.
New England (1849)
Coastal hurricane causes shore damage and snow across the interior of New England -- Henry Thoreau inspected shipwreck near Boston.
New England (1962)
Hurricane Daisy produced heavy rains; Reading, MA received 12.10 inches from 5-7th; floods and tide damage in eastern New England/Nova Scotia.