SCHENECTADY — Your Halloween weather forecast:
Inclement weather, with a heavy dose of disappointment for trick-or-treaters.
The National Weather Service is predicting heavy rain and strong winds across the Capital Region beginning Thursday afternoon.
"We're mainly concerned with wind gusts,” said Christina Speciale, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Albany.
The agency issued a wind advisory beginning 5 p.m. Thursday and lasting until 8 p.m. Friday, predicting sustained winds of 15 to 20 mph and gusts predicted to reach as high as 50 mph between 2 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.
"We are concerned wind gusts could reach 50 mph in the Mohawk Valley and Capital District,” Speciale said.
In preparation, National Grid is increasing staffing levels and preparing line, service and tree workers to respond if the weather impacts electricity service.
And for city residents who will brave the downpour to go trick-or-treating Thursday, the city has designated 2 to 8 p.m. as official hours, with earlier hours slated for younger children.
“As has been the case in previous years, we are asking that trick-or-treaters conclude their door-to-door visits prior to 8 p.m.,” said Mayor Gary McCarthy in a statement. “We are also asking that residents turn off their porch lights and stop handing out goodies at this time.”
The Schenectady Fire Department will hand out candy, activity books and fire safety information at all four of its locations.