Shocktober 2011: Reliving New Hampshire’s Early Season Nor’easter
Yes, it can snow in October. A lot. White Christmas is one thing, but a White Halloween?
Downed power-lines, school cancellations, and a few washouts were the major stories of New Hampshire's most recent October Nor'easter. Buckets of rain blanketed New England, and wind knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of customers. With temps in the 60's, it was much too warm for snow, but that can be a thing this time of year.
Remember the Halloween Nor'easter? Depending on your age, this might even qualify for Throwback Thursday material. On October 29th, 2011, New Hampshire was rocked with a ton of snow. According to Wikipedia, the highest total recorded in the state was over 31 inches! The Washington Post reported Concord received over 22 inches. Video from Temple shows major snow. This resulted in a rare 'White Halloween.' The National Weather Service, issued a Hurricane Force Wind Warning for the Gulf of Maine and other high seas off New England. Many communities did not get power back for a few days, and in Connecticut, others for up to a whopping 11 days!
The 2019 version of an October Nor'easter is something Granite State residents will be cleaning up for days. However, (I'll be that guy) at least we're not plowing. Especially when the ground still needs to freeze, and annual raking of yard leaves has yet to commence.