Showers early Memorial Day, followed by clear skies and wind

IOANNIS PASHAKIS/Sun-Gazette Flags decorating The Civil War memorial at Wildwood Cemetery surround the statue at the middle of the memorial, the "Soldier at Rest."

Don’t the let the early showers that are likely on Memorial Day dampen or postpone any outdoor picnics or activities.

While there is a 70 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms Sunday night and into Monday morning, the skies should be mostly cloudy and clearer as of noon and throughout the afternoon, according to David Martin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in State College.

“We’re looking at a cold front pushing in a couple bands of showers and thunderstorms Sunday and Monday morning,” Martin said.

Indications, however, are the bulk of the showers will be gone by lunch time, he said.

“There may be a few isolated thunderstorms in the afternoon,” he said.

Those heading to the Memorial Day service at the Civil War Grand Army of the Republic monument at Wildwood Cemetery at 9 a.m. probably should prepare for rain showers, according to the forecast.

Depending on when the sun peaks out, those putting up outdoor umbrellas should have them battened down, too. The day will include some winds from the northwest at 10 to 20 miles per hour and temperatures in mid-to-late afternoon in the mid-70s, Martin said.

At 11 a.m., veterans and guests gather for the Lycoming County Memorial Day service at Veterans Memorial Park, West Fourth Street and Wahoo Drive.

It should be clearing out by then, with clouds overhead and the rain showers moving out of the area, Martin said. While the afternoon heat may caused some scattered showers starting after 2 p.m., the service should remain rather cool, with temperatures in the upper-60s and later in the day temperatures rising about 10 degrees to the mid-70s, the forecast states.

Tuesday will most likely be clear with a high near 77 degrees. The forecast indicates sunshine and a 40 percent chance of showers.

Wednesday and Thursday are mostly identical, with a slight chance of showers and high temperatures of 75.