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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The southern Plains will finally catch a break from severe weather to end the weekend as the danger shifts to the lower Mississippi Valley.
After a string of days with temperatures in the 70s, rain will move across the area for the second half of the weekend followed by cool air that will coincide with temperatures tumbling back into the 40s.
A pattern favoring waves of progressively cooler air will set up across much of the Midwest and Northeast during next week and could continue into early May.
Round after round of drenching rain will continue to cause flooding in the South, while another dose of rain may renew flooding in the Ohio Valley this weekend.
The 119th Boston Marathon will take place on Monday, April 20, and runners set to take on the historic course will face cool and rainy conditions.
The southern Plains and western Gulf Coast will once again become the target of severe thunderstorms into Saturday evening.
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