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Halloween trick-or-treaters can expect a soaking tonight

Goblins can expect light soaking showers and temperatures in the low to mid-40s when they take to the streets later today, said Steve Welch, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Cheektowaga.

The gloom won’t likely lift until Sunday, Welch said, when the low pressure system that’s been haunting Western New York slowly begins to dissipate.

The showers may turn to snow overnight Saturday, right about the time we’re turning the clocks back for that extra hour of sleep. Temperatures on Sunday won’t budge past 41 degrees, Welch said. Winds will be 5 to 10 mph.

On the bright side, we could see the sun on Sunday which rises at 6:50 a.m. and sets at 5:06 p.m., said Welch.

“It depends on how quickly everything moves out,” he said. “The low pressure system from the southern Great Lakes area will be moving out, with the center of the system veering to the south of us.”

Monday’s forecast calls for mostly sunny conditions with temperatures rising to 53. Tuesday’s temperatures soar to 60, but they bring showers which is good for your newly planted bulbs.

Meanwhile, while the Halloween weather forecast will not be kind for trick or treaters, motorists should be especially careful to look for children crossing streets or arting into the road.

More children are struck by cars on Halloween than any other night of the year, according to research from the Centers for Disease Control, which found that the numbers of fatalities tonight among pedestrians ages 5 to 14 is four times higher.

While excited ghouls may forget the rules of the road, motorists must be wary especially between 4 and 8 p.m. Don’t even think of getting behind the wheel after imbibing. Two-thirds of all fatalities on Halloween are alcohol-related, reported the CDC.

In addition, 85 percent of fatalities tonight occur at non-intersection locations because children are more likely to dart from mid-block to cross the street.

Consider these rules:

• Never cross against a green (or yellow) light.

• Try and make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of a stopped car. Wait for the driver to wave you on.

• Stick to sidewalks. If there are none walk on the far edge of the road facing traffic.

• Look three times before you cross: right, left and then right again.

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