Dismal Weather for Start of 2009 World Series

By: By Alex Sosnowski Accuweather.com
By: By Alex Sosnowski Accuweather.com

While the weather pattern is now looking less rainy for Game 1 of the World Series in the Bronx, N.Y., a storm brewing in the West may spread a band of drenching rain through Philadelphia for Game 3 Saturday evening.

The rain currently pushing through the Northeast followed the batch of rain that quickly raced up the coast Monday night and Tuesday.

Enough rain will fall to bring episodes of poor visibility and some travel delays on roads and at airports. The combination of fallen leaves and rain can lead to street flooding.

AccuWeather.com meteorologists now expect the bulk of the rain will leave the Bronx and the Atlantic coast by this evening. However, there can be lingering drizzle.

Players may be dealing with a soggy outfield and fans may want to bring a towel to dry off their seats upon arrival for the game this evening. Including Tuesday's rainfall, a total of one to perhaps as much as two inches of rain will fall through this afternoon.

Enough dry air should roll in from the west on Thursday to break up the clouds and keep rain away for Game 2 in the evening.
Another system with rain will be passing through the mid-Atlantic Saturday. That system could bring a several-hour period of rain to Philadelphia during the late afternoon and evening.

The system expected to deliver the wetness late Saturday will bring a major snowstorm over the Rockies and northern Plains today into Thursday, while severe weather and flooding rain threatens residents to the south.

Recall that last year, Game 5 of the World Series was suspended in Philadelphia. It was the first game in World Series history to be suspended due to the weather.
The start of Game 3 of the Series last year in Philadelphia was delayed by rain for an hour and 31 minutes.

Games had been called due to darkness early in the last century.

Game 3 of the 1989 World Series was delayed 10 days due to the earthquake in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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