Jennifer Edwards Baker reports:
Will Halloween be a washout? It’s looking that way the closer we get to Thursday.
After another pleasant sunny day with the high temperature topping out around 63 degrees, clouds will build by this afternoon and rain will move in tonight, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.
There’s a 60 percent chance for showers, mainly after 5 a.m. Wednesday. It will be warmer overnight, with the low only falling to 58 degrees, and mostly cloudy later Wednesday with thunderstorms possible after 9 a.m. The high will top out near 70 degrees.
Rain and chances for thunderstorms will stick around Wednesday night and Thursday as a warm front and “vigorous storm system” move in, bringing the potential for heavy downpours, the weather service advises.
There will be a slight risk for severe weather for the area late Thursday afternoon and early Halloween evening as thousands of trick-or-treaters head out.
Due to strong, low-level wind fields, there is a potential for high, damaging wind gusts of 60 mph or more across the region. There’s a 100 percent chance for rain and possibly a thunderstorm Thursday night. The low will fall to 56 degrees.
The rain will push out by Friday morning. It will be sunny with a high of 61. Friday night will be partly cloudy with a low of 55.