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Damp, Cold Nationals Opener Possible

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If you’re heading to Nationals Park for Opening Day on Thursday, don’t forget your rain gear -- and a Snuggie.

As the 2011 baseball season begins, it is going to be cloudy with the possibility of a few sprinkles or a little drizzle through most of the Nats’ game against the Braves, but they should be able to play in those conditions, according to NBC Washington meteorologist Tom Kierein.

For the first pitch at 1:05 p.m., the temperature will be about 45 degrees and there could be a few sprinkles.

Toward the end of the game, rain may become steady and would perhaps cause a rain delay or a shortened game.

They should be able to get in at least six innings if it goes at a normal pace, Kierein said.

If you’re going to the game, wear something waterproof and warm, because temperatures are only going to reach the mid- to upper 40s for the game.

For the weekend afternoon games, it will be partly sunny and breezy Saturday with just a small chance of a few sprinkles. Game-time temperatures will be in the mid-50s.

Sunday should be mostly sunny with temperatures during the game peaking near 60.

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