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Yankees-Nationals goes into rain delay on Opening Day, tarp coming off field soon [UPDATE]

The Yankees and Nationals open the 2020 season on Thursday, and rain is in the forecast.

The Washington Nationals grounds crew puts on the rain tarp as play is stopped during the third inning of the Miami Marlins and Washington Nationals game at Nationals Park on July 02, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

UPDATE 10:40 p.m.: And back on it goes.

UPDATE 10:27 p.m.: The tarp is coming off the field!

UPDATE 8:55 p.m.: It’s officially pouring rain in Washington, D.C. and the game has been paused. The players have left the field and the tarp is coming out.

UPDATE 8:24 p.m.: There’s lightning near Nationals Park, and rain is closing in. We’ll see if it comes through or holds off.

Major League Baseball is back with the Washington Nationals hosting the New York Yankees on Opening Day. First pitch is scheduled for 7:08 p.m. ET, but the weather forecast suggests fans might want to prepare for a delay.

Washington, D.C. was pummeled with rain and heavy winds on Wednesday evening, and additional thunderstorms are likely on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. The Service has the chance of precipitation at 70 percent with new rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch — and higher amounts in thunderstorms.

DarkSky has potential rain in the forecast starting at 5 p.m. through the end of the evening. It is not expected to rain all evening, but with rain potentially picking up around dinner time, there is a decent chance of a first pitch delay. Fingers remain crossed the weather pattern misses DC, but be prepared.