Organizers hope weather won't rain on Market After Dark's parade

Chance of thunderstorms on Saturday in Cedar Rapids

(File Photo) Hans Heitmann of the produce stand Gordy's Goodies unloads a sack of corn at the Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmers Market on Saturday, August 29, 2015. The first-ever night market attracted greater numbers of people than at the Saturday morning markets and many produce stands were nearly sold out by ten o'clock. Heitmann estimated that he'd picked 100 dozen ears  that morning. (Rebecca F. Miller/Freelance for The Gazette)
(File Photo) Hans Heitmann of the produce stand Gordy's Goodies unloads a sack of corn at the Cedar Rapids Downtown Farmers Market on Saturday, August 29, 2015. The first-ever night market attracted greater numbers of people than at the Saturday morning markets and many produce stands were nearly sold out by ten o'clock. Heitmann estimated that he'd picked 100 dozen ears that morning. (Rebecca F. Miller/Freelance for The Gazette)

It would take more than a little rain to stop the second Market After Dark event scheduled Saturday in downtown Cedar Rapids.

But the current weather forecast is predicting showers and thunderstorms are likely during the day and may continue into the evening on Saturday.

The nighttime farmers market hosted by the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance is set to take over 19 downtown blocks from 6:30-11 p.m. Saturday. The Gazette is the presenting sponsor and Hoopla is the Main Stage sponsor.

Related: Market After Dark returns to downtown Cedar Rapids

Event planner Jill Wilkins said rain won’t stop the market, but severe weather, such as lightening, hail or high winds, could shut things down, or could lead to a delay in the start time.

If officials decide to call the market off or delay it, they plan to post an announcement on the Market After Dark Facebook Events page and the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance Twitter feed. They’ll also inform local media.

KCRG’s forecast predicts isolated showers and storms Saturday night, with a low around 66 degrees. The National Weather Service, meanwhile, forecasts a 70 percent chance of thunderstorms during the day and a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms at night.

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