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Nats Delay Opener for Thursday's Expected Rain

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More dreary, rainy weather is expected Thursday, and the Nationals are moving the game start time later in anticipation of Mother Nature.

The team's Opening Day game against the New York Mets will now start at 7:05 p.m. instead of 4:05 p.m., the Nats announced on Twitter Wednesday night.

Thursday will feel a lot like Tuesday did: wet, no sun and highs in the low to mid-50s. There’s a 100% chance of rain.

The next round of rain will move into the area late Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

Be ready for rain to wash over the D.C. area by the morning commute, then continue through midday and the evening commute. Rain chances will begin to lessen after 4 or 5 p.m., but Storm Team4's radar shows rain continuing through 6:30 p.m.

The weather will start to improve Friday, but there’s still a 60% chance for occasional showers. Those will dry up in time for most dinner plans.

On Saturday, some brief midday showers could pop up. Otherwise, expect sun, clouds and highs about 55° to 60°.

Sunday will start chilly in the 30s, then highs will rise into the 50s.

Warmer, sunny weather is coming. Highs are set to reach the 70s Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of next week.

10-Day Forecast for D.C., Maryland, Northern Virginia

Wednesday's wet weather was linked to several travel delays in the morning. High water blocked Inner Loop lanes on the Capital Beltway near River Road. Fallen trees slowed traffic on the B-W Parkway near MD-198 and MD-28 South at Park Mills Road in Frederick.

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