Rain likely to stop by trick-or-treat time

Thursday, October 31, 2013 | 9:50 a.m. CDT; updated 11:40 a.m. CDT, Thursday, October 31, 2013

COLUMBIA — Columbia trick-or-treaters can expect clearer skies Halloween night, despite all-day rainfall.

"The rain in mid-Missouri should be ending somewhere between 4 and 7 this evening," Scott Truett, a senior forecaster for the National Weather Service in St. Louis, said.

It has been seven years since Columbia has had precipitation on Halloween. Precipitation totals exceeded 2 inches just one year — in 1946 Halloween precipitation totals reached 2.06 inches.

But Truett doesn't think this year's wet conditions will be that drastic.

"It's definitely going to stop," he said.

Truett expects temperatures to fall into the high 40s and low 50s by the time Columbia residents start donning their Halloween garb.

Even when the rain stops, there are still indoor events scheduled in the city.

The Parks and Recreation Department is hosting its annual Spooktacular — previously called Tiger Night of Fun — for families looking for alternatives to door-to-door trick-or-treating. Local agencies will pair with the department to provide about 70 to 80 booths of games, activities and candy for children.

The event will be held on the fairgrounds of the Central Missouri Events Center at 5212 Oakland Gravel Road from 6 to 8 p.m.

Supervising editor is John Schneller.

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