Gallery: IT’S SNOWING IN NYC! Major October Snowstorm Hits Northeast Th...

It’s SNOWING IN NEW YORK CITY! In October! Before Halloween!

Brace yourself, trick-or-treaters because Mother Nature is scheduled to dump as much as 8 inches of snow from Western Virginia to eastern Maine. Snowfall in October is more than unusual; it’s practically unprecedented. Manhattan’s Central Park has received measurable snow before Halloween only three times since 1869, and never more than an inch. If an inch or more does descend from the heavens, however, it would mark the earliest one-inch snowfall in the city’s 140-plus-year recorded weather history—or since the Civil War. The culprit? A nor’easter of mid-winter proportions brewing off the Carolina coast, one that’s set to usher strong, gusty winds while dropping temperatures into the 20s and 30s.

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