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Rain showers disrupting Orioles' Opening Day

It should feel like spring again for Opening Day at Oriole Park at Camden Yards -- not just because of a rebound in temperatures, but because of some "April showers" and even a chance for some thunder.

Temperatures reached the lower 70s by early Monday afternoon, but rain showers reached the region about 4 p.m. Though no rain had fallen by the scheduled 3:05 p.m. first pitch, tarps were pulled on the field after pre-game introductions.

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Heavier rain caused another game delay about 5:30 p.m., and was expected to continue into the evening. Temperatures meanwhile dropped to the mid-50s as fans waited for play to resume.

"We're looking at it tapering off between 6 and 8 p.m.," said Ashley Sears, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service's Baltimore/Washington forecast office.

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As for chances of thunder and lightning, "we can't rule it out," Sears said.

A quarter of an inch to a half an inch of rain could fall, weather service forecasters said.

The rain comes ahead of a potent cold front forecast to send temperatures plummeting late Monday night into early Tuesday morning. A freeze warning is in effect from midnight to 10 a.m. Tuesday, with lows forecast from the upper 20s to lower 30s.

A return to unseasonably cool daytime temperatures in the 40s and 50s are forecast for the middle of the week.

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