Election Day Storm to Spread Wet and Windy Conditions Across Much of the Great Lakes and East

Jonathan Erdman
Published: November 6, 2018

An expansive Election Day storm could influence key Senate, House, governor and local races in the Midwest, Northeast and South on Tuesday.

A pair of recent studies found weather on Election Day not only impacts turnout, but can also influence who voters choose once at the polls.

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There will be an intensifying area of low pressure tracking through southern Canada on Tuesday, pushing its associated cold front through the eastern United States.

Tuesday's Outlook

Some impacts of this Election Day storm will include:

- Wind-driven rain in the Great Lakes and Northeast. Some wind gusts will exceed 40 mph in parts of the Great Lakes, interior Northeast and southeastern New England.

- Scattered rain and thunderstorms from the Northeast into parts of the South. Some of those thunderstorms could be severe across the South and mid-Atlantic. Some wet snow – or rain changing to snow – is possible from North Dakota to Minnesota and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Light snowfall totals are expected. 

Go Vote: No one place is expected to have an all-day wash out from this storm system, so plan to vote in periods of drier weather. 

Elsewhere on Election Day 

Temperatures will be warm across the eastern half of the country, in some cases up to 20 degrees above average in the East and 10 degrees above average across the southern United States. 

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National Election Day Forecasts

Parts of the northern Rockies and Cascades may see some light snow that could make for slick roads on the way to the polls. 

Otherwise, most of the rest of the Plains and West should be dry.

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