Opening Day rain now expected to pass before first pitch

Forecasts had been growing more ominous, but rain forecast for Opening Day on Friday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards is looking more likely to clear in time for the first pitch.

The National Weather Service's Baltimore/Washington forecast office is calling for 60 percent chances of rain, down from earlier predictions of at least 80 percent chances. But the baseball gods may have intervened.

Most, if not all, of the rain is expected to fall in the morning, according to a weather service forecast discussion. And with a sharp gradient in the expected rainfall totals, the Baltimore area could see as little as a quarter of an inch to half an inch of rain, down from earlier calls of three-quarters of an inch.

Two branches of the jet stream are no longer expected to interact in the same way as previously thought, allowing the rainy low pressure system from the Gulf of Mexico to "eject ... away from the Mid-Atlantic coastline," according to the forecast discussion. has also cut back rain chances, expecting just "a little a.m. rain." 

The Weather Channel was calling for 100 percent chances of rain as of this morning, but by the afternoon cut that back to 20 percent chances, with just clouds most likely in the morning.

High temperatures could meanwhile break into the 60s.

First pitch at Oriole Park in 2013 is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. Friday.

Copyright © 2018, The Baltimore Sun, a Baltimore Sun Media Group publication | Place an Ad