WEDNESDAY STORM UPDATE:
The power outages, combined with a heating oil and gasoline shortage, mean many homes in Jersey face the cold as unseasonably frigid weather sets in.
Forecasters saw temperatures dipping into the upper 30s Fahrenheit on Saturday night with freezing temperatures expected next week.
The National Weather Service said an offshore storm that could pack gusts up to 55 mph is in Wednesday's forecast for the New York metropolitan area and the New Jersey coastline.
Meteorologist Joe Pollina said the storm looks like a classic Nor'easter, coming up along the Atlantic coast. He said it will not be nearly as strong as Sandy but could compound the damage left by last week's superstorm.
The weather service said the strongest winds will likely hit eastern Long Island.
AccuWeather.com meteorologists are concerned that this storm system riding up the East Coast could lead to a devastating water rise along the New Jersey coast.
Because of the destruction and erosion to the New Jersey coast that occurred, AccuWeather.com Senior Meteorologist Bernie Rayno is concerned this could be a moderate to severe coastal flooding event.
It is possible, AccuWeather.com states, if the storm track holds, residents along the New Jersey coast can expect a water rise of 2-4 feet, which is on top of the normal tide cycles.
That means during high tide, Wednesday afternoon, water levels could reach upwards of 8-9 feet. While not as severe as during Hurricane Sandy, a rise like this could once again flood coastal communities with no dunes to protect it.