Jennifer Baker reports:
It will be a mild but wet and windy Halloween as a strong storm moves in tonight.
The latest forecast from the National Weather Service in Wilmington predicts the worst of a storm approaching from the west will hit after trick-or-treat ends at 8 p.m.
Heavy rainfall, thunderstorms and strong, damaging winds gusting more than 60 mph are the biggest threat by midnight. There is a slight risk for severe weather with lightning and tornadoes, said meteorologist Steve Rhebenach.
“The indications right now are the worst of the weather would be after Trick-or-Treat time – mid- to late evening – after 8 p.m. tonight,” Rhebenach said at 4:30 a.m.
Some communities are moving trick-or-treat times. Amelia has rescheduled trick-or-treat to 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday. South Lebanon will hold theirs 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Fairfield Township has also rescheduled to 6-8 p.m., Friday.
The storm comes as a strengthening low pressure system moves today into Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky from the mid-Mississippi Valley.
Winds already are gusting 10 to 15 mph with 65 degrees this morning at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. The gusts will increase 35 to 45 mph by late morning into early afternoon.
Showers will begin early afternoon and “spray across” the region through the evening, Rhebenach said. It will be warm with the mercury climbing to 68 degrees.
Less than an inch will fall during the day, but about an inch or more could fall tonight, he said. The low will remain mild at 50.
The sun will make a welcome return on Friday. The high will be 62.
More rain could fall Saturday, mainly between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. It will be mostly cloudy and cooler with a high of 51.