As we head into October soon, things start to change (weather-wise). The leaves start to fall and many lower elevations areas start to receive their first frosts/freezes. But as we have seen in the past, large winter storms can happen in the month October.
October 28-30, 2011
One of the most well know October snowstorm in the Northeast was the 2011 Nor’easter. It dumped nearly 20 inches of snow in Northern New Jersey, well over 20 inches of snow across portions of New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Usually storms of this magnitude do not cause problems. Unfortunately due to the combination of the heavy wet snow and fully leaved trees…Many trees came down on cars and power-lines.
October 3-5, 2013
Another infamous early season winter storm struck portions of South Dakota and Wyoming. This was a very damaging and costly blizzard. 50 to 70 mph winds created treacherous travel conditions. Once again the heavy snow collecting on the leaved trees and power lines caused power issues and trees to fall. The more unknown loss from this storm was the livestock, the perished from the cold and snow.
October 29-31 Upper Elevation Snow Event
One last example was the 2012 Upper Elevation Blizzard that impacted West Virginia and portions of Virginia. This one was a big one and rare because of the amount of snow that fell. As much as or even more than 3 feet of snow fell across the hardest hit areas of West Virginia.