Area sees rain, drop in temperatures

Thursday night’s weather was more trick than treat, with scattered showers and light wind forcing some children and their parents to seek shelter.

Heavy rain and wind gusts held off until after 9 p.m. but National Weather Service Meterologist Elyse Colbert still suggested trick-or-treaters remember an umbrella.

“Bring your rain gear with you to make sure you’re not going to get soaked,” Colbert said.

The poor weather forced Area District 4 soccer finals and consolations to be rescheduled from Thursday to Saturday.

The city was the recipient of about half an inch of rain yesterday and is expected to receive between a half-inch and an inch of rain by the end of the storm today, Colbert said.

“We may see a one- to two-foot rise on some of the rivers but nothing they can’t handle,” Colbert said.

Williamsport’s wet weather was part of a low-pressure system and cold front stretching south from Wisconsin through Texas, according to Colbert. Louisiana and Mississippi were under tornado watches and Austin, Texas, experienced flooding, Colbert said.

The storm’s impact on Williamsport was less severe, but morning wind gusts reached as high as 30 miles per hour. Light showers continued into late morning and some areas experienced isolated thunderstorms. The storm front is expected to have pushed east of the city by this afternoon, according to Colbert.

“The rain will taper off and you may actually see a few breaks in the clouds,” Colbert said.

The bad weather was good news for trick-or-treaters at the Lycoming Mall, who stayed dry and warm throughout the evening.

“We control the conditions inside the mall so we can make it comfortable for everybody,” Lycoming Mall Manager Bryan Hovancik said. “It keeps you out of the elements so you’re not cold or wet.”

Despite the recent rain, Williamsport actually is running about a half-inch below normal rainfall values for the month of October and about 8 and-a-half inches below the year-to-date norm, according to Colbert.

“It’s not anything extremely atypical,” Colbert said.