Unlike the political climate, the weather on Election Day looks to be rather tranquil across the U.S., forecasters said.
"It should be a fairly quiet weather day across the nation on Tuesday," AccuWeather senior meteorologist Alan Reppert told USA TODAY Thursday.
Another expert, Seattle-based meteorologist Cliff Mass, wrote on his blog earlier this week that "the forecast for Election Day over much of the U.S. is extreme.... extremely pleasant, with minimal storminess and precipitation."
Reppert said that there may be some rain and snow showers across portions of New England and northern New York State on Tuesday. The only other damp area could be coastal sections of Washington and Oregon, where some rain is likely, he said.
Other than those areas, the rest of the nation should be dry on Election Day, Reppert predicted.
This includes most of Alaska and and Hawaii, where no big storms are forecast in either state, AccuWeather said.
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As for temperatures, most of the nation should be on the mild side. In fact, Mass wrote that warmer-than-normal conditions are expected for the western two-thirds of the U.S.
The chilliest areas will be the Northeast, the mid-Atlantic and the Ohio Valley, where breezy and cool conditions are likely, Reppert said.
AccuWeather senior meteorologist Brett Anderson said that "folks in the Northeast will definitely need long sleeves, jackets and even heavy winter coats in some cases."
But how will the calm weather affect voter turnout?
“We know from polling that weather can have a major impact on voter turnout, and that bad weather impacts Democratic voters’ ability to reach the polling sites more than Republican voters," said Paul Walsh of the Weather Company, in an e-mail to USA TODAY.
Walsh went on to say that 35% of undecided voters said that bad weather would have a moderate to significant impact on whether they make it to the polls on Election Day.
"Of course this is 2020 and anything can happen, but the forecast is calling for most of the country to have relatively dry and seasonal weather conditions, which provides yet another tailwind for high turnout," Walsh concluded.
However, because of COVID-19 fears at the polls on Election Day and the resulting recent surge in early and absentee voting, the weather on Election Day itself could be less important this year than it has been in past presidential elections.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Election Day weather forecast: Quiet weather expected