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Accuweather is forecasting heavy rain across the region.

Rain, Wind Will Make Halloween a Dark & Stormy Night

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Halloween came in with mild temperatures in the 60s but that's expected to drop into the 40s over the weekend.
Halloween is set to be a dark and stormy night with heavy rain and gusty winds arriving the Berkshires. 
 
The forecast lead a number of communities to postpone trick-or-treating until Saturday evening, which is expected to be clearer but colder. See our listings for updates on hours.
 
This is the first time the candy collection has been postponed since Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012. 
 
The National Weather Service is predicting high winds across the state, with wind gusts up 40 mph across Western Mass and in the 50-mph range along the cost. An inch or more of rain will fall overnight. A wind advisory is in effect between 5 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m.  on Friday. 
 
There is a marginal risk for severe thunderstorms Thursday and damaging winds could cause power outages. Residents are recommended to secure outdoor objects to prevent damage. 
 
The recent mild temperatures will drop overnight as a cold front moves in behind the storm. Accuweather says, "the strengthening circulation from the storm will cause winds to increase over much of the eastern half of the nation and draw moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean."
 
That means a swath of rainfall up to 3 inches and in some cases, 3 to 5 inches, across the eastern United States and into northern Vermont and New Hampshire.
 
This isn't the first scary weather for the region. When Hurricane Sandy the area on Oct. 29-30, 2012, it caused school closures and numerous power outages as well as delaying trick-or-treating. The year before, the region was hit with a massive snowstorm on Oct. 29 that dropped some 18 inches over parts the Berkshires. There were a number of cancellations, including Halloween parades and the Drury homecoming dance. Trick-or-treating, however, went on as usual as most of the snow had been cleared by Oct. 31.

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Mother Nature is making sure there's a snowy background for Friday night's tree lightings in North Adams and Pittsfield. The National Weather Service is predicting a few inches and up to 5 inches in the higher elevations, with steady snowfall until 10 p.m. 
 
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A number of school districts have canceled after-school programs for Friday: Hoosac Valley Regional; Berkshire Arts & Technology Public Charter; Mount Greylock Regional School District; Drury High; and Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union (early dismissal, too).
 
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