October 31, 2012; 8:13 PM
A coastal storm may be impacting the East, while a separate storm may produce snow showers in parts of the Midwest. A third storm may approach the Northwest coast, bringing wet weather to the region.
Eastern U.S. Weather
A storm may be spinning off the East Coast of the U.S. on Election Day, potentially sending rain and wind into coastal areas of New England and the mid-Atlantic.
For millions of people still recovering from Superstorm Sandy, this is not welcome news. Thousands are projected to still be in the dark on Election Day, following Sandy’s impact.
It is not out of the question that voters will deal with rain and wind along much of the I-95 corridor, including those heading to polls in Portland, Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.
“The weather pattern remains volatile for another storm to form on the East Coast, but nothing like Sandy,” AccuWeather Expert Senior Meteorologist Henry Margusity said. “A storm that would be more normal for early November.”
High pressure dominating eastern Canada is expected to maintain its control. With this pattern, coastal storms have nowhere to go, so they slow down off the East Coast of the U.S. That is a classic nor’easter setup.
Meanwhile, chilly air will be funneling across the interior Northeast and down the spine of the Appalachians with highs in the 40s and 50s forecast.
Dry weather with temperatures will be in the 60s and 70s may be in store for much of the Deep South from Louisiana to South Carolina.
A possible zone of showers and thunderstorms may be impacting central Florida as a front may be stretched across the Sunshine State. Temperatures south of the front will be mild in the 80s.
In the early morning rain, voters are transported to the voting booths by tram inside of Century Village in Deerfield Beach, Fla., Tuesday, Nov. 5, 1996. (AP Photo/Gary I. Rothstein)
Central U.S. Weather
There will be a major contrast in the weather across the central U.S. Chilly and unsettled weather will impact the Great Lakes region, while dry and warm weather dominates the central and southern Plains.
A weak storm may be moving across Canada, bringing rain and perhaps snow showers, brisk winds and chilly air to the Great Lakes region.
Voters in Chicago and Detroit may contend with passing rain showers and a chilly breeze with highs being held in the 40s.
Heavier rain showers, and perhaps some snowflakes mixing in or falling alone, may impact the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to perhaps northern Wisconsin and the far northern Lower Peninsula of Michigan.
Meanwhile, a large dome of high pressure dominating the Southwest will have an influence on dry and warm weather for the central and southern Plains. In the central Plains, highs could climb into the 60s and 70s.
Texas may have highs ranging from the 60s and 70s around Dallas and Houston to the 80s across Deep South Texas. Abundant sunshine should accompany the warm weather in the southern Plains.
Western U.S. Weather
Rain may fall across much of Washington and Oregon as a storm could approach the Pacific Northwest on Election Day. Voters in Seattle and Portland may need to reach for umbrellas or rain jackets before heading to the polls.
It does not appear that snow will be likely over the major passes of the Northwest, while mild air will dominate much of the West.
In Southern California and the Desert Southwest, temperatures may actually climb a bit above normal. Los Angeles may rise into the mid-80s, while normal highs for this time of year are in the lower 70s. Phoenix is also forecast to climb into the mid-80s, about 5 degrees above normal.
Dry and mild weather is in store for places such as Salt Lake City, Albuquerque and Denver as well.