Weather Could Be Issue for U.S. Open

The weather was darn near perfect from Monday through Wednesday at Congressional Country Club for the practice rounds of the U.S. Open.

Thursday's weather for the first round, however, could be a different story, according to NBC Washington meteorologist Tom Kierein.

A warm front sweeping through the region could bring a few sprinkles to Congressional Thursday morning.  In the afternoon, scattered thunderstorms are possible around the region, which would interrupt play at the Open.  The golfers can play through light rain, but not lightning.

There is a small chance the isolated storms could produce wind damage or hail.  Kierein said there is a 50 percent chance of storms in the afternoon.

Temperatures will be held in the mid-70s for much of the area due to any early rain and cloud cover.

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There will be another chance of rain and thunderstorms Friday afternoon, too.  The chance won't be as great as what we will deal with on Thursday, but there will still be a risk, Kierein said.

For the weekend, Saturday looks like a good weather day.  It should be partly cloudy with temperatures in the 80s.

Sunday's play at the Open could be interrupted in the afternoon by thunderstorms.  It will also be hotter and more humid, with high temperatures around 90 degrees.

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