There may be some relief from the rain for area trick-or-treaters this evening. Windy conditions are rain have already had some community leaders postpone their Halloween activities until Friday.
Word from the National Weather Service in Lincoln might be the treat some are looking for.
Much of the expected 1-2 inches in today's forecast may be over by around 4 pm. But that's not guaranteed.
Meteorologist Gini Izzi said temperatures will drop after the system moves through. He said temperatures may reach a high near 67 degrees during the afternoon, but then drop to around 42 degrees for the overnight low. "What may feel like a very nice day early, will turn pretty chilly by the night," he said.
Gusting winds up to 21 miles per hour will also make the air seem cooler, he said.
The cooler temperatures will stay through the weekend. Friday's high will be around 57 degrees and Saturday and Sunday, the highs are expected to be around 50 degrees.
Police say pedestrian accidents are the most common injuries to children on Halloween. Local police departments are offering tips to keep kids safe while trick-or-treating:
• A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children on their neighborhood rounds. • If your older children are going alone, plan and review the route that is acceptable to you. Agree on a specific time when they should return. • Only go to homes with a porch light on and never enter a home or car for a treat. • Stay in a group and communicate where you are going. • Remember reflective tape for costumes and trick-or-treat bags. • Carry a cellphone for quick communication. • Stay on well-lit streets and always use the sidewalk. • Never cut across yards or use alleys. • Don't assume the right of way. Motorists may have trouble seeing trick-or-treaters. • Do not cross the street between parked cars or out driveways.
Police say to notify law enforcement if you see any suspicious activity.
.MOIST AIR WAS SPREADING ACROSS CENTRAL ILLINOIS & WESTERN INDIANA THIS MORNING AHEAD OF A WARM FRONT. AREAS OF FOG HAVE DEVELOPED.WITH FOG BECOMING LOCALLY DENSE OVER PORTIONS OF THE TWO STATES. VISIBILITY MAY BE DETERIORATING TO LESS THEN A MILE THROUGH SUNRISE.& LESS THAN A QUARTER MILE IN SOME SPOTS. FOG MAY BE SLOW TO IMPROVE DURING THE MORNING.WITH CLOUD COVER INHIBITING WARMING.
.DENSE FOG ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 AM ....
* VISIBILITY.LESS THAN A QUARTER OF A MILE IN SOME LOCATIONS.
* IMPACTS.FOG WILL GREATLY REDUCE VISIBILITY & WILL MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO SEE ROAD HAZARDS & OTHER VEHICLES.
A DENSE FOG ADVISORY MEANS VISIBILITIES WILL FREQUENTLY BE REDUCED TO LESS THAN ONE QUARTER MILE. IF DRIVING.SLOW DOWN. USE YOUR HEADLIGHTS.& LEAVE PLENTY OF DISTANCE AHEAD OF YOU.
ROSELAWN -- In what has become an annual ritual, family members of those who perished in American Eagle Flight 4184 will gather at 3:30 p.m Thursday to mark the 19th anniversary of the Oct. 31 crash.
Jennifer Stansberry Miller will travel from Indianapolis to attend the informal roadside service as she has done nearly every year since her brother Brad Stansberry died. "I was in college and 21 when it happened," said Miller, who is now a social worker and mother. She said she couldn't have imagined then the anniversary would be observed nearly two decades later.
Neither can Julie Gunter and her mother, Helen Mudd, who at the time were emergency medical technicians. They remember the day and have donated their time and talents to help others in their remembrances since.
Gunter said they knew the sadness of lives lost from their professional lives and wanted to memorialize the tragedy in the crosses they erected and which still stand as a stark reminder of that Halloween 19 years ago. The Families of 4184, which advocated for what became the Aviation Disaster Family Assistance Act of 1996, plan a permanent memorial at the site where 68 people plummeted to their deaths through freezing rain and into a Newton County soybean field.
They envision a roadside memorial garden. Fundraising efforts to bring that to fruition are underway. They said they have also been approached to consider hosting a public forum on the act and its creation and purpose as well as on the Flight 4184 investigation. A former National Transportation Safety Board investigator has offered to speak.
Miller said the Families of 4184 want to know if its something of interest to the Northwest Indiana community and if an area organization would be interested in hosting it.
Miller said more about the act can be learned at http://flight4184.weebly.com/adfaa-of-1996.html. Those interested in seeing the design for the roadside memorial garden or to donate can go online to www.flight4184.weebly.com