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Royals fans might need ponchos for first postseason game at Kauffman Stadium

Bob Huggins installs the American League Division Series signs in the Royals dugout on Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium before Game 1 of the series begins.
Bob Huggins installs the American League Division Series signs in the Royals dugout on Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium before Game 1 of the series begins. along@kcstar.com

Fans headed to Kauffman Stadium for the start of American League Division Series between the Houston Astros and the Kansas City Royals on Thursday might want to bring umbrellas or ponchos.

A cold front moving through the region could bring the chance for rain.

“During the late afternoon hours, we could start seeing showers and thunderstorms popping up around the KC metro area,” said Linda Gilbert, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill.

Some of those showers and thunderstorms are likely to continue into the evening and night before moving off to the south as the cold front drops through the area.

For game time Thursday, there’s a 30 to 40 percent chance of rain, increasing to a 40 to 50 percent chance through the rest of the evening hours. For anybody who’s going to be outdoors, it wouldn’t hurt to bring umbrellas or ponchos, she said.

The weather looks as it will be more accommodating for Friday afternoon’s game. It appears it will be a classic fall day.

“Friday looks to be fairly dry and much cooler,” she said. Friday’s highs will be in the upper 60s.

As for the forecasting the outcome of the games?

“I definitely can’t comment on any of that stuff,” Gilbert said.

Robert A. Cronkleton: 816-234-4261, @cronkb

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