Baseball fans planning on attending the pivotal game 6 of the National League Championship Series tonight between the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants will be happy to learn that any wet weather will hold off until after the game.
The first pitch is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. EDT (4:30 p.m. PDT) at AT&T Park, in San Francisco, Calif.
While much of the Pacific Northwest has been experiencing a persistent wet and unsettled weather pattern for nearly the past week, locations across northern California and central California have escaped and remained dry with the storm systems passing well to the north.
This is about to change early this week as several rounds of showers pass through the region. However, those making the trip out to the ballpark in San Francisco won't have to worry about the wet weather just yet.
Fans heading to the ballpark late this afternoon will want to have the sweaters and windbreakers handy for the game. Temperatures will be in the lower 60s for the first pitch, but a brisk wind out of the west at 15-25 mph will make it feel like the middle 50s. Temperatures will slowly fall into the upper 50s as the game goes on.
Temperatures in the lower 60s and upper 50s for this time of year in the Bay Area is slightly below normal. In fact, the normal daytime high in San Francisco on Oct. 21st is 70, with overnight lows typically around 53.
Increasing cloudiness with the approach of the new storm system will keep temperatures from falling much this evening.
Due to the position of the baseball field, the westerly afternoon breeze could play a role in tonights game by helping some of the balls fly out to center field a bit farther.
Thankfully, any rain will hold off until well after the last pitch of the ballgame. AccuWeather.com meteorologists aren't expecting anything to reach the Bay Area until early on Monday morning.
With the St. Louis Cardinals leading the series 3-2, if they win tonight they will be crowned the National League Champions and will move on to the World Series to face the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday.
However, if the San Francisco Giants win, then game 7 will be played in San Francisco on Monday night at 8:00 p.m. EDT (5:00 p.m. PDT).
Showers could put a damper on game 7 if it is played as the new storm system entering the West moves into northern California. Fans will have to trade in their sweaters and windbreakers for ponchos and umbrellas.
As a large storm rolls out of the Plains and Midwest, a swath of snow, ice and travel disruptions will extend into the Northeast starting on Sunday evening.
A new storm will form over the weekend across the Plains and will spread snow and ice eastward through the Midwest.
As a snowstorm unraveled from Texas to North Carolina and Virginia, snow and ice left a trail of disruption on Wednesday into Thursday.
Residents in Spokane, Washington, recently caught sight of the unique phenomenon known as "hole punch" clouds that cause a gaping hole in the otherwise cloudy sky.
Storms will continue to affect the West through this weekend and into next week with rounds of precipitation for some needy areas as well as trouble for travelers.
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