A Mary Poppins costume could come in handy on Halloween.
Youngsters trick-or-treating this evening may want to consider dressing as the fictitious British nanny -- complete with her trademark umbrella -- to scare off the threat of showers.
Rain is expected to arrive between 5 and 8 p.m., coinciding with the trick-or-treat hours scheduled in most Berkshire communities, according to Luigi Meccariello, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Albany.
"A warm front moving through at that time will see the rain building in from southwest to northeast," he said. "Your area may still have dry conditions for part of trick-or-treat."
Meccariello noted the steadiest and heaviest rain will be overnight and into Friday, before tapering off as showers by Friday evening.
The warm air mass will pump up Friday's daytime temperatures into the 60s, before a gradual cooldown this weekend. By Sunday, forecasters expect a 30 percent chance of rain and/or snow showers as highs only reach the mid-40s.
Available afternoon sunshine also rolls back on Sunday with the end of daylight saving time, which begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, when clocks turn back one hour.
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