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Rain chances forecast as Orioles open ALCS in Baltimore

Members of the grounds crew pull the tarp on the field during a rain delay in the first inning of an Orioles game against the Cincinnati Reds at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 2.
Members of the grounds crew pull the tarp on the field during a rain delay in the first inning of an Orioles game against the Cincinnati Reds at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 2. (Rob Carr / Getty Images)

It has been 17 years since the American League Championship Series came to Baltimore, and based on the weather forecast, there's a chance fans could have to wait an extra day for its return.

A 60 percent chance of rain is forecast Friday night as a warm front moves into the region from the southwest, according to the National Weather Service. Cloudy conditions and rain chances are forecast to extend through the weekend.

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The Orioles are scheduled take on the Kansas City Royals in Game 1 at 8 p.m. Friday and in Game 2 at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Andy Woodcock, a meteorologist with the weather service's Baltimore/Washington forecast office in Sterling, Va., said Friday night doesn't look to be a washout, but that models still lack agreement for a more definitive forecast.

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"This is still where I would not want a gun put to my head on what the forecast is going to be," he said.

Models suggest the system's heaviest rain would fall Friday night, but there is a chance it could hold off until midnight or so, he said. Still, light rain is possible throughout Friday afternoon and evening.

Any rain is forecast to be light and intermittent Saturday.

It was not immediately clear when any rainout would be rescheduled for. Orioles spokesman Greg Bader could not be reached for comment.

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