Detroit Tigers Opening Day forecast calls for rain, lightning, chance of hail

Detroit Free Press

It’s Opening Day.

But, forecasters say, don’t expect picture-perfect weather Friday. Instead, be prepared for some intermittent showers with lightning and a good chance of white and opaque graupel.

For those who don’t know their German, it’s also known as soft, small pellets — or as University of Michigan fans say, hail. But, not that kind of hail. The kind that falls from cumulonimbus clouds.

“It snowed last year,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Steve Freitag in White Lake Township. “It’s to be expected. If you are a diehard, you don’t care — you’re out there.”

Despite the forecast, Detroit fans are likely to fill Comerica Park.

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Friday marks the first Opening Day in three years in which that stands could be filled.

Freitag said to expect it to be cool, maybe in the upper 40s, with on and off showers.

Saturday the is a slight chance of more rain, and Sunday, it will get into the 50s, with, finally, some sunshine.

Of, course, Freitag said, Major League Baseball has it’s own meteorologists, who will advise how best to protect their athletes and whether the call the 1:10 p.m. Tigers game against the Chicago White Sox.

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