Trick-or-treaters to be met with cold snap

IOANNIS PASHAKIS/Sun-Gazette Josiah Barrett, a student from Walnut Street Christian School in Avis Borough steps off of a hay ride after picking his pumpkin at Carpenter Pumpkin Farm in Linden.

Halloween weather conditions should be perfect for youngsters dressed in costumes during trick-or-treating hours.

Most communities in the area are holding their trick-or-treating hours from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

“By that time, the temperature in Williamsport and vicinity will be 45 degrees and dropping,” said Aaron Tyburski, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in State College.

Hughesville, Jersey Shore, Loyalsock Township, Old Lycoming Township, Montoursville, Muncy, Salladasburg, South Williamsport, Watsontown and Williamsport hold hours then. Montgomery will hold a parade at 6 p.m.

Today, the weather service issued a flash flood advisory for Lycoming, Sullivan and Tioga counties from 8 to 10:30 a.m.

A wind advisory remains in effect until 2 p.m., with winds at 14 to 24 miles per hour, but gusts could be seen over 40 miles per hour.

On Halloween night, the temperature will be at 45, but as the night progresses it will steadily drop to a low of about freezing. Tyburski added that the northern mountains will certainly drop below freezing.

“It will be chilly but not really out of the ordinary,” Tyburski said.

The average temperature for Halloween from the daytime through the night is 55 to 37 degrees, he said.

As for the most recent rain, the weather service said Williamsport was to receive 2 1/2 inches by this morning.

The rain was heaviest in western Lycoming County and throughout the day and evening spread throughout the county, he said.

The rain was a combination of low pressure that arrived from the Great Lakes and stalled off the East Coast, and Tropical Storm Phillipe as it made its way up the East Coast, he said.

The best chance for dry days is Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, with some unsettled weather arriving Thursday through Sunday, he said.

It will get warmer as November arrives, with temperatures reaching into the low-60s, he said.

“It will be 10 degrees above normal,” Tyburski said.

There’s a 30 to 40 percent chance of showers each day.

“A lot of clouds and off and on showers,” he said.

Temperatures cool off a bit for the weekend, with highs in the mid-50s and a chance of rain continuing.

Sunday also marks the fall daylight savings time when people must remember to turn their clocks backward one hour so they will be on time for church service, breakfast or other various events. Clocks will spring ahead an hour on March 11, 2018.