If you have exciting weekend plans in Greensboro, High Point or anywhere else in Guilford County, you better check that the event is actually being held. Hurricane Ian, which wreaked havoc in Florida, is bringing central North Carolina plenty of wind and rain and, on Thursday, Sept 29, many municipalities and groups that had events planned were canceling or postponing them.
The National Weather Service’s forecast for Greensboro for Friday, Sept. 30 calls for “Showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 3 p.m. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall.”
The chance of precipitation is 100 percent according to the weather service, and people can expect strong northeast winds of 20 to 25 mph, with gusts of up to 45 mph.
The weather is expected to calm down somewhat on Saturday and Sunday, but there are still a lot of closures already scheduled for those days as well, due to the uncertainty about fallen trees, debris on the road, loss of power, flood damage and other concerns.
For instance, many in High Point were looking forward to the Trash to Treasure Community Art event – where artists were going to work with citizens to turn furniture scraps into art that will be put on display around the city. However, the High Point officials announced that, due to the probability of heavy rains on Saturday, Oct. 1, the event will be postponed until Saturday, Oct.15.
On Thursday, the City of Greensboro announced that Art in the Arboretum, scheduled for Sunday, Oct 2, had been canceled – as have plans for Chair Fitness exercise classes, which teach participants very low-impact fitness routines.
R.E.D. Zone Football games, scheduled for October 1, were also nixed. The “R.E.D.” stands for “Recreation, Education and Development.” The league – a collaboration between Greensboro and High Point Parks and Recreation Departments – uses practices and games to promote those qualities in youngsters.
But that won’t be happening this Saturday.
As the storm approached Guilford County on Thursday night, many other area events were being called off as well, which is why it’s wise to check the status of any event this weekend before you brave the wind and rain and hop in your car.