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Weather may dampen Halloween

Several churches and other organizations planning to have trunk-or-treating this evening will need to watch out for rain, according to meteorologist Alan Campbell with the National Weather Service.

“We will have some showers and maybe even a few thunder storms roaming around through that period of time,” Campbell said. “I’m initially thinking down there for you guys, it’s probably going to be a 70 percent chance of rain that first part of late afternoon, early evening.”

Lincoln County Civil Defense Director Clifford Galey said there could be wind gusts between 30 and 40 miles per hour which could cause downed trees and power outages.

“Unfortunately, when the trees fall, it takes down the power lines,” Galey said.

Scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms will continue through tonight and into Thursday morning. As Thursday progresses, the chance of rain will drop — along with the temperature.

“On Thursday, it’s actually going to be a little warmer during the morning,” Campbell said. “The highs for Thursday are only going to be through the middle 50s.”

Campbell said the lows for Thursday may be in the mid 30s, something that is expected to continue through the weekend. Galey said it’s important to remind people to clean their fireplace before using them.

“It’ll be the coldest weather we’ve had this fall,” Galey said. “This may be the first time people like to light up their fire place. They need to be careful and make sure everything is clean and ready to go before you light it.”

Most organizations offering trunk-or-treat events have contingency plans in case of rain. As far as door-to-door trick-or-treating in the city, adults escorting children and those distributing treats will need to decide if they are going to participate if it rains.