UPDATE 10:40 p.m.: And back on it goes.
the tarp is back out ♂️— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 24, 2020
UPDATE 10:27 p.m.: The tarp is coming off the field!
Tarp's coming off the field. We're gonna have a baseball game, kids.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 24, 2020
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.
8:05p: Weather closing in on Nationals Park from the west. Could get there in next 30-40 minutes. pic.twitter.com/P2oNyN0KZz— Capital Weather Gang (@capitalweather) July 24, 2020
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.