(CTN News) – The weather forecast for Halloween this year predicts frightful conditions for trick-or-treaters.
The National Weather Service has warned that as October winds down, record-breaking cold could settle in throughout parts of the United States. By Monday night, a “potent” cold front will sweep across the Gulf Coast and the East Coast states.
“It may be a good idea to figure out how to incorporate a jacket into that costume tomorrow night across much of the lower 48,” the National Weather Service warned in a social media post. “‘Mr. Freeze’ is a good costume, but only if it’s intended.”
Which parts of the U.S. will see below average temperatures?
Dr. Rick Knabb, a meteorologist for The Weather Channel, predicts that Tuesday and Wednesday will be cooler than normal across much of the central and eastern United States.
“Temperatures will be cold enough on Halloween night for most of the eastern two thirds of the country that jackets will be required — unless you can strategically wear warm layers underneath your costume to stay warm,” added the weatherman.
Coldest temperatures, according to Knabb, will be experienced on Halloween itself across the Plains, Midwest, and sections of the Tennessee Valley and Appalachians. According to the weather service, those locations may expect temperatures to be 20–30 degrees Fahrenheit lower than normal for the time of year.
Knabb predicted that temperatures would be roughly 10–20 degrees below average, making it slightly colder than the rest of the East Coast and the lower Midwest.
“Record cold low (and cool high) temperatures are expected through Thursday morning from Texas northeastward into the Ohio and Tennessee Valley regions, and even for some spots along the East Coast from South Carolina to Maine,” added Knabb.
How long will the cold last?
Knabb predicted that the chilly snap would continue through Thursday. By this coming Friday and weekend, most places will have temperatures close to normal.
The National Weather Service has issued freeze watches and warnings from central Arizona over the southern Plains and into the Midwest and Ohio Valley for the upcoming week. A freeze watch is issued by the organisation when significant, widespread freezing temperatures are possible during the next 24 to 36 hours.
Knabb predicted that on Tuesday morning, more than 100 million individuals would experience sub-freezing temperatures, and on Thursday morning, that figure would rise to 165 million.
Is there any rain, wind or snow in the Halloween forecast?
The National Weather Service predicts that the Upper Midwest, Great Lakes, and interior Northeast could see rain or snow showers through Wednesday. The Midwest may also experience “blustery COLD winds.”
According to the prediction, snow could fall in northern Maine. Areas of the Northern Plains, Upper Midwest, and Great Lakes may get snow squalls on Halloween.