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    Message on scoreboard at Monday night's game between the Washington Nationals and the Baltimore Orioles at Nationals Park. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

    The Nats took a rain check -- and that could mean major gridlock for fans.

    Rain showers on Monday night resulted in the postponement of the series opener between the Nationals and the Orioles. The game has been rescheduled for Thursday at 4:05 p.m.; the game is the last in this three-game set and has playoff implications for both fading teams.

    The new game time coincides directly with Pope Francis' plans to depart from Joint Base Andrews in Prince George's County. Fans should be wary of several road detours and closures as well as crowded Metro trains as they make their way to Nationals Park.

    Driving is expected to be tough, with backups stretching beyond the District’s borders. If driving, plan on leaving early, and continue to check in with News4 to determine where and when roads will be closed.

    For those planning on taking the Metro on Thursday, expect big crowds and potential waits at fare machines. Try to avoid the east side of the Red Line, and if possible, avoid transferring. (Read more pro tips for commuters here.)

    The Green Line will be accessible in order to reach Navy Yard-Ballpark, and more cars have been added to trains both Wednesday and Thursday. Still, expect jam-packed cars.

    Check in with News4 to learn the latest traffic updates and transit delays.