Mayor Bloomberg and Gov. Andrew Cuomo have stressed repeatedly that although the lights are on for a lot more people, and although the subways are almost fully running again, things are not getting back to normal just yet post-Hurricane Sandy. And this week, between the plummeting temperatures, ongoing gas crisis, commuter woes and the chaos of election day, we'll get lots of reminders of that. What's the icing on the cake? A "significant" nor'easter may hit the city mid-week.

According to the National Weather Service, there is "a very real possibility of heavy rain and strong winds along the coast from Virginia to Maine." Obviously it won't be anywhere near as bad as Sandy, and the city likely won't bear the brunt of this storm, but as city officials estimated, there are 20-40K people who are in dire need of housing while their buildings are out of commission (due to power outages or flooding damage). "I don't know that anyone has ever taken this many people and found housing for them overnight," Bloomberg said earlier today.

So we could be in for snow and rain by Thursday: "Our suite of computer model guidance continues to advertise a significant East Coast storm that will impact the coastal areas with strong winds and heavy rainfall late Wednesday through Friday," said Tom Niziol of The Weather Channel. "Steps should begin now to prepare for these impacts." Also, "COASTAL FLOODING AND BEACH EROSION IS A CONCERN" in NYC.

The major worry is that it could not only erode recovery efforts—people could die from the harsh conditions: "People are in homes that are uninhabitable," Cuomo told reporters. "It's going to become increasingly clear that they're uninhabitable when the temperature drops and the heat doesn't come on."

“Our first concern is to make sure they have food water and security at the same time as we are working on more long term solutions,” Bloomberg said at a press conference earlier today. “My recollection is numbers may have been similar in Katrina.” FEMA and Red Cross officials have ordered more resources ahead of the storm.