Calmer Halloween for Snowtober, Sandy-Ravaged East

By Dan DePodwin, Meteorologist
October 26, 2013; 6:06 AM ET
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This aerial photo shows a collapsed house along the central Jersey Shore coast on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Whether it was picking up the pieces in the wake of Sandy or shoveling out from record snowfall, residents of the Northeast have had to worry about the weather for Halloween the past two years.

Fortunately, a repeat of the stormy conditions in 2011 and 2012 is not in the cards this Halloween from the Carolinas to Maine.

Mild in East for 2013 Halloween; No Major Storms

One year ago this week, Sandy had begun its deadly path northward from the Bahamas. This year, the tropics have been quiet and although development could still occur in the Caribbean, impacts to the U.S. should remain minimal.

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The weather pattern leading up to and including Halloween 2013 is much more favorable for outdoor activities and trick-or-treating. While not every community celebrates the holiday on Oct. 31, many locations in the East should be rain-free and certainly not stormy or snowy.

A large dome of high pressure is forecast to build into the East to start Halloween week. Mild air will spread into the East ahead of a storm diving into the Rockies, set to bring blizzard conditions to the northern Rockies.

Dry weather will hold at least into the early part of the week in the East as mild conditions build northward. It will be stormy in the Rockies.

The forecast for Halloween in the East hinges on the speed of the storm emerging from the Rockies. At this time, meteorologists favor a slower idea, which would keep the heaviest rain away from most of the East Coast on Halloween (Thursday).

There will still be a bit of rain along the I-95 corridor from Philadelphia northward on Thursday before the steadier rain arrives on Friday.

A faster storm could spell wet weather for trick-or-treating.

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For those ghouls and goblins heading out to gather candy on the night of Halloween, temperatures are forecast to be near 60 in many locations from Washington, D.C., to Boston.

Sandy and Snowtober Snarl Halloween Plans

Memories of Sandy are still fresh for millions as the fall holiday of trick-or-treating and costume making arrives. From the devastating storm surge to widespread power outages, Sandy snarled plans from the day of landfall (Oct. 29, 2012) well into November.

Many communities postponed or cancelled Halloween and trick-or-treating due to numerous downed trees and power lines.

This historic storm was an extremely rare event and the atmosphere is not primed for a repeat.

A MODIS satellite image taken on Oct. 30, 2011, clearly shows a stripe of snow from Virginia to Maine. Although snow fell this week in favored lake-effect areas, none is expected for Halloween. Image: NASA.

Sandy followed a year after more than 30 inches of snow buried portions of the Northeast and broke numerous October snowfall records.

New York City even received 2.9 inches of heavy, wet snow with the "Snowtober" storm of 2011, not typical for October.

As residents shoveled out, Halloween plans were once again altered to deal with the clean-up.

The blanket of snow was caused, in part, by a fresh dump of cold air. This year, a much milder weather pattern will be in place for the East, not favoring snow.


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