Halloween typically leans toward the scary side. The weather, however, isn’t supposed to. Due to a forecast for Halloween night that could be called menacing at best, several events in Lynchburg have been postponed.
According to Metro Moore County Sheriff Mark Logan, the sheriff’s department has recommended that trick or treating in Moore County be rescheduled until Friday evening.
The National Weather Service said a cold front coming through Thursday appears increasingly severe and could develop isolated instances of high gusts, straight-line winds, large hail and possibly tornadoes, according to NWS senior meteorologist Jason Wright.
Gusts are expected to rise to at least 20 mph, according to initial predictions.
Other events postponed tonight include the Lynchburg Elementary School PTO trunk or treat and the Moore County Middle School basketball game against Community.
“Due to the weather, I think for the safety of the kids it’s better if we did our trunk or treat on Friday night. That way it’s coordinated with the county also,” said LES PTO president Sherri Copeland.
Because of Thursday’s events being shifted to Friday night, the Lynchburg Jr. Pro Basketball League has also decided to forgo its scheduled Midnight Madness, which was slated for Friday night.
There was no word on when the middle school game will be rescheduled, or if the Jr. Pro League event will be rescheduled
By 2 p.m. Thursday, the storm system was already prevalent in Middle Tennessee. According to the National Weather Service, thunderstorms could reach Moore County by 6 p.m. By 9 p.m., there is a 90 percent chance of rain, with winds expected to be around 20 MPH.
Temperatures will begin steadily dropping as the system makes its way through the area as well.
Anyone who may venture out of Lynchburg into neighboring communities should still be careful. According to Wright, families should actively check updated weather reports. This severe weather system isn’t expected to produce much thunder or lightning that would alert people to the storm system.
Moore County schools officials had to postpone tonight’s middle school basketball games after Bedford County’s director of schools was reluctant to have their students on the road with the threat of severe weather in the forecast.
ROBERT HOLMAN, MCN Editor (Additional information by The Tennessean)