Snow in Southeast : Halloween weather forecast

Snow in Southeast : Halloween weather forecast

An early season blast of cold air, which first interrupted Halloween plans from the Great Lakes down to the central Appalachians on Friday, pushed further south this morning, and snow blanketed the ground in some unlikely places, including central South Carolina.

“This has been a historic event,” News19 Meteorologist Daniel Bonds told WLTX. “It’s unprecedented. I’ve run out of adjectives to describe it.”

The previous earliest recorded snowfall in the Columbia, S.C., area was on Nov. 9, 1913.

Snow, cold and wind stretch across the Eastern part of the country where highs will be 10 to 20 degrees below average from the Mississippi Valley to the East Coast, says meteorologist Tom Moore from the Weather Channel.

Four to five inches of snow was reported in Asheville, N.C., Saturday morning while seven inches was measured near Marshall, N.C.

Mt. LeConte, Tenn., measured 16 inches of snow, shutting down a number of roads in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Georgia saw light flurries in the Atlanta area and 10 inches of snow fell in Presque Isle, Wisc., and near Three Lakes, Mich.

Chicago saw its first measurable Halloween snow on record early Friday.

“Heavy snow is expected across portions of northern New England beginning tonight,” says AccuWeather Meteorologist, Alyson Hoegg. “While most of the snow will fall across New Hampshire and Maine, locations as far south as Boston can see a few flakes mixing in tonight and early Sunday.”

Windy conditions will continue in the Northeast Saturday night and into Sunday. Wind gusts up to 50 mph will blast Boston, with winds gusting to 40 mph in New York City, where the annual New York City Marathon is taking place Sunday morning, AccuWeather reports.

“Winds will be higher over elevated surfaces, such as bridges, and where funneled between buildings,” said Alex Sosnowski, a senior meteorologist with AccuWeather.

In Southern California, raindrops are drying from the pumpkins. Arrival of what may become a bonafide rainy season is right on time.

The weekend storm that opened the month is sliding to the east and will give way to a gradual warming trend.