As predicted by local and national weather sources following last Thursday's early snowfall, the weekend storm brought historic snow accumulations to the Northeast, crushing previous records set in October. Several cities from Virigina to Vermont declared states of emergency as the rate of accumulation far exceeded expectations and early season preparedness. This morning in an article for The Weather Channel, Meteorologist Chis Dolce posted:

"...there's only one way to describe this October snowstorm -- historic. Records for the month of October have been shattered across the Northeast. Below we have the snow totals from this storm along with some of the new records set from the Mid-Atlantic to New England. Some spots have seen an astonishing, by October standards, 1 to 2+ feet of snow!"

Dolce included the following images of snow totals across the region:



Images Courtesy of The Weather Channel.

So was this pre-Halloween accumulation more of a trick or a treat? It depends on who you ask.

With so much foliage still on the trees, the rapid accumulation of wet heavy snow, paired with high winds caused widespread power outages, snapping limbs and  downing lines, leaving millions in the dark. The outages continue and in some places could last late into the week.

As for skiers and riders, it was a hayday of early season turns and hopeful premonitions for an epic season ahead. Those able to make the hike to the lifts, were greeted with fresh corduroy and trailside pow stashes. [R198R, Killington Resort] has quickly pulled ahead of the preseason pack, tripling their October trail count and annoucing in today's snow report that they will remain open and "continue to expand terrain as long as the conditions permit."

Need more treats? Here's a visual recap from the weekend. Enjoy!



Skiers and riders found plenty of trailside powder at [R198R, Killington] on Sunday. Photo Courtesy of Chris Danforth/Killington Resort.

[R198R, Killington Resort] has nine trails open, two lifts and park features. Video Courtesy of Killington Resort.

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[R443R, Sunday River] enjoyed great snow for their opening weekend. Photo Courtesy of Sunday River.

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[R184R, Hunter Mountain] issued a powder alert this weekend and has bumped their opening day to Nov. 19. Photo Courtesy of Hunter Mountain.

Eager jibbers flocked to [R255R, Mount Snow]'s preseason Rail Jam this weekend. Video Courtesy of Carinthia Parks.

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The Berkshires were in the heaviest snow belt during this weekend's storm. Photo Courtesy of [R93R, Ski Butternut].

[R70R, Bousquet] in Pittsfield, Mass. picked up 18-24" with three foot drifts. Video Courtesy of Rex Channell/Ski Bousquet.


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[R190R, Jack Frost]/[R44R, Big Boulder] captures the before and after of Saturday's storm. Photo Courtesy of Jack Frost/Big Boulder.

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Mountain Creekers got creative to enjoy the early snowfall. Photo Courtesy of [R259R, Mountain Creek].


[R407R, Snowshoe Resort] picked up a foot of new snow. Photo Courtesy of Snowshoe Mountain Resort.

Updated 12:00 pm EDT, October 31, 2011