A significant wintry storm is still on track to strike the same East Coast areas hit by Superstorm Sandy on Wednesday.
The National Weather Service's forecast center in College Park, Maryland, which watches winter storms, put out a long-range notice last week saying a nor'easter was on course to hit the mid-Atlantic and New England states midweek.
Unlike Sandy, this doesn't have a tropical component. It would likely mean snow, moderate or heavier rainfall and winds that could be above 40 mph.
According to the Chron.com's SciGuy science blog, the storm has the appearance of a classic nor'easter, and will have significant effects from New Jersey northward.
And the National Weather Service forecast predicts temperatures could drop into the 20s.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said "it's going to become increasingly clear" that homes without heat are uninhabitable as temperatures drop. He said that means that residents who have been reluctant to leave their homes will have to, and that they'll need housing.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the city expects that it will have to find housing for 30,000 to 40,000 people.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.