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Halloween: Will It Be Scary Or Spooktacular?

8:45 AM EDT, October 31, 2013

By WeatherBug Sr. Meteorologist, John Bateman

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As the little ghost and ghouls go trick-or-treating this evening, the weather will be one thing they will want to be a treat! Unfortunately, not only will rain melt a few witches, but severe storms could add a scare to the day.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Kristin Clark has the latest in this exclusive WeatherBug National Outlook.

Rain and thunderstorms are stretching from eastern Texas and the lower Mississippi Valley into the Great Lakes this morning. The rain will push into the Mid-South and Ohio Valley today and there will be enough instability in the atmosphere to produce strong-to-severe thunderstorms from Houston to Detroit. High winds and large hail will be the main threats. At least the witches and goblins won`t have to wear a heavy coat, as temperatures range from the 70s and 80s along the Gulf Coast, to the 60s from Chicago to Detroit.

Further north and east of the storms, it will mainly be scattered showers that will cast a shadow on your holiday. Places like Witch Lake, Mich., eastward to Erie, Pa., and Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., could have trick-or-treaters dodging the drops as they collect their goodies. Highs during the day will be mild, mainly in the upper 50s to middle 60s, and stay that warm into the evening.

Fortunately, the weather should be spook-tacular in the far Southeast, with dry weather being the main treat across the eastern Carolinas and Florida. Highs will warm to the 70s and 80s during the afternoon.

Heading west, the Great Plains won`t be too bone-chilling for Halloween. There will be a chance for some daytime showers and storms in the central and southern Plains, but elsewhere will be dry. The coolest weather will be found in the Dakotas under partly sunny skies, with highs in the 40s. Temperatures will warm into the 50s, 60s, and 70s heading southward from Nebraska to Texas.

Along the West Coast, a few misty showers will add an eerie feel to the day in Seattle and Portland, while the weather should be booo-tiful across California, Nevada, and Arizona. Highs will hit the 60s and 70s as a rule, and cooler temperatures in the Pacific Northwest. Attending any parties in Devil`s Elbow, California? If so, expect mainly clear skies and a high around 75 degrees.

Happy Halloween from WeatherBug!

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