Wet weather expected for Election Day

MARK NANCE/Sun-Gazette Williamsport City Hall rises above trees orange with fall foliage Sunday afternoon.

The early part of this week will be a damp one for area residents, including those heading out to the polls to vote on Election Day.

The National Weather Service is forecasting a break from the rain at mid-week before a possible return of more precipitation by Friday.

Today is expected to bring rain, mostly in the morning with some gusts of wind. The high temperature will reach 54 degrees.

The chance of precipitation is 80 percent.

Tuesday’s Election Day forecast calls for up to an inch of rain.

“It looks like showers and maybe some thunder,” forecaster Craig Evanego said.

Flooding from small streams is not completely out the question, although with area creeks having returned to normal flows since earlier in the fall, it’s not likely, he said.

The rain is expected to come to an end toward the evening on Election Day, according to Evanego.

Wednesday and Thursday will be mostly sunny.

Highs Wednesday will reach the mid 50s and the high 40s on Thursday.

The rain could return by Friday. Otherwise it will be mostly cloudy that day with a high of 49.

The chance of rain Friday is 50 percent.

“It looks like we could have a shot at some fairly chilly air next weekend,” Evanego said.

Saturday and Sunday are expected to be sunny with the high each day reaching just 41.

For the month of October, overall temperatures were 2.8 degrees higher than normal.

Rainfall amounted to 2.73 inches for the month below the normal of 3.42 inches.