Rain cancels several events throughout the Valley this weekend

Published 1:29 pm Friday, December 7, 2018

LANETT – Several events this weekend are canceled or rescheduled due to rain.

According to social media posts, LaFayette’s Christmas Festival has been canceled. There was no word Friday if the event will be rescheduled.

Additionally, the first Beulah Christmas tree lighting has also been canceled and will not be rescheduled.

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The Horseshoe Bend Open House, originally supposed to take place Saturday, has been rescheduled for Dec. 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. CST.

The Sleigh the Course 5K Race and gingerbread activity have been moved to Dec. 15, according to the Valley Recreation and Parks Department.

Gary Goggins, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Birmingham, said it’ll be a wet weekend in the Greater Valley Area, but it seems like freezing rain won’t be an issue.

“We’re looking at a lot of cold rain this weekend, but temperatures should remain above freezing,” Meteorologist Gary Goggins said. “It’ll be kind of miserable for being outside.”

He said Saturday could be a total washout all day as there could be a potential of 2 to 4 inches of rain. It won’t be a flash flood situation, but it could cause some ponding in areas and a bit of a rise in the river.

However, for the most part, there will just be rain and no storms.

On Monday, Goggins said there is a potential for a few snow flurries. He said he’s not expecting anything to accumulate. According to the National Weather Service’s forecast, the Valley can expect a high of 43 degrees Saturday with wind gusts as high as 20 mph. There is a 100 percent chance of rain and could see an inch of rain during the day. A night, the temperature will drop to 39 degrees with more rain.

On Sunday, the rain will continue, with an 80-percent chance of rain and a high of 40 degrees. The rain could move away from the area Sunday night with only a 30 percent chance of rain, but colder temperatures with a low of about 35 degrees.