The threat of rain and storms has forced most communities around the area to move Trick-or-Treating to Friday night (click here for updated times). While there may not be any real legal punch behind the move, the not-no-subtle suggestion from area leaders is the right move to make.
It's simple -- Friday likely stays dry while Mother Nature may outdo ghosts and goblins with the fright factor on Halloween.
Heading into Saturday, the threatening weather has also prompted the 10/31 Consortium to move their planned parade from a 2 p.m. start to 9:30 a.m. instead. That should be good enough to avoid the worst of the weather, but showers will be possible, even during the morning hours.
Outside of impacts to Trick-or-Treating and other Halloween events, the big story for the weekend will center around rain amounts and the potential for additional flooding. Most of our computer guidance paints anywhere from 1" to 4" of rain across the area through the weekend. However, our in-house RPM model has had some runs today with bands of even higher amounts. The latest available run as of Thursday evening delivers widespread 3" to 5" totals, with locally higher amounts.
Most area rivers have already crested or are near crest tonight, but we'll need to keep an eye on the potential for additional rises over the weekend, depending on exactly how much rain we receive.
At this point, we don't expect widespread severe weather, but a few isolated strong storms will be possible, particularly Saturday afternoon and evening. The Storm Prediction Center has our area under a 'marginal' risk for severe weather.
We'll be here through the weekend to keep you updated on the expected rains and any strong storms that may develop. You can also track the rains on your smartphone or tablet using our free weather app:
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