Missouri expects near-record low temperatures

(NEXSTAR) – While kids in Wisconsin will have to trudge through the snow to trick-or-treat on Halloween this year, kids in Florida may have to put on sunscreen first.

Tuesday’s weather varies everywhere depending on where you live. Frost warnings were in place across the Southwest and Midwest on Monday morning, but the freezing weather is expected to move further north by Tuesday.

A forecast map released Monday by the National Weather Service shows freezing temperatures throughout the day on Halloween in the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes states.

Another cold front will bring even colder air to the region on Tuesday. On Halloween morning (26 in 1878) we woke up to near record low temperatures. Halloween will be sunny and windy, with highs only around 40°C. Temperatures for trick-or-treating will be in the mid to upper 30s.

Another near-record low is possible on Wednesday morning (26/1954). The start of November will be sunny, with highs in the 40s.

A map from the National Weather Service shows the maximum temperatures forecast for the country on October 31, 2023. (Map: NOAA)

And you don’t have to wait for a white Christmas – millions of people could experience the first snow of the season on Halloween.

Chicago is we expect snow showerswhile Central Wisconsin could see a few inches.

Other parts of the country are still thawing out after a weekend of wintry weather. Parts of Colorado saw more than 10 inches of snow over the weekend. The Dakotas and Upper Plains were also hit by heavy snow last week.

The weather couldn’t be more different in South Florida, where children may overheat in their elaborate costumes. The high temperature in Tampa on Tuesday is expected to be 87 degrees.

Rain is also possible in parts of Texas, the Gulf States and parts of the East Coast.

A National Weather Service forecast map released Monday, Oct. 30, 2023 shows where snow and rain are most likely to occur on Halloween. (Map: NOAA)

Extreme weather had an impact on Halloween long before the snowfall. Record-breaking summer heat threatened pumpkin crops across the country.

“It’s one of the worst years we’ve had in several years,” said Mark Carroll, a Texas A&M adviser for Floyd County, which he calls the state’s “pumpkin capital.” Not only did the hot, dry weather exceed what irrigation could compensate for, but pumpkins also require cooler weather to be harvested or else they begin to break down during the shipping process, sometimes falling apart before they even arrive in stores.

According to the Illinois Farm Bureau, America’s pumpkin powerhouse Illinois had as successful a harvest as it has in the past two years. But this year it was so hot during harvest season in Texas that farmers had to decide whether they wanted to risk cutting the pumpkins from the vines at the usual time or wait and miss the start of the fall pumpkin rush wanted to.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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