After a pair of dry games in San Francisco, the weather threatens to interfere with Game 3 of the National League Championship Series in St. Louis this afternoon.
Rain and thunderstorms are set to invade St. Louis later today as the city's Cardinals host the San Francisco Giants starting at 4:07 p.m. EDT.
Odds, however, favor any rain or lightning delay occurring during the latter innings rather than for the game's first pitch with the wet weather set to increase steadily as the game progresses.
While lightning is a concern, St. Louis should be spared from more severe thunderstorms capable of producing damaging winds, hail and even isolated tornadoes.
Those violent thunderstorms will instead threaten the corridor from southeastern Missouri and southern Illinois to northern Louisiana this afternoon and evening.
In addition to the rain and thunderstorms, those in attendance at Busch Stadium this afternoon can expect a first pitch temperature of 67 degrees. Winds during the game will generally average from the south to southwest at 10-20 mph. The arrival of thunderstorms will kick up higher gusts.
Dry weather will return tonight after a lingering shower or thunderstorm early. As brisk winds usher colder air into St. Louis, temperatures will fall through the 50s this evening before reaching a chilly low of 42 degrees late.
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Thunderstorms will move into the Chicago area later this week, and the threat for storms will remain into the weekend.
Minneapolis will have sunshine and slightly below-average temperatures continue on Wednesday before pop-up storms move into the region on Thursday and Friday.
Cooler temperatures and lower humidity continue through late-week, despite the return of thunderstorms.
The chance for thunderstorms will persist through the Dallas area for the next several days.
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