Cloudy, wet weather to dampen MLB Opening Day activities

April showers will be arriving ahead of schedule for many cities in the eastern United States this week, potentially impacting Thursday's MLB Opening Day activities.

Three of the games scheduled to take place on Thursday in Detroit, New York and Atlanta will face cloudy and damp weather.

"As a cold front stretches from the Ohio and Tennessee valleys up into the eastern Great Lakes on Thursday, some of the baseball games for Opening Day may be impacted," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Ryan Adamson.

Pittsburgh Pirates @ Detroit Tigers

opening day @ Detroit

While seasonal temperatures in the low 50s might feel mild compared to the recent chill in Detroit, spectators will still want to pack extra layers in order to stay dry.

A storm system that brought flooding rainfall to the southern United States is expected to arrive by midday on Thursday, bringing rounds of potentially heavy rainfall through the area.

"In Detroit, much of the late morning into the afternoon looks quite wet," Adamson said. "The game is in jeopardy of experiencing rain delays or even being rained out."

St. Louis Cardinals @ New York Mets

opening day @ nyc

Luckily for those in the Northeast, conditions will turn out drier for the Cardinals and Mets in New York, according to Adamson.

"While a shower or brief rain delay cannot be ruled out, the game is unlikely to get rained out," he said.

Being only a week removed from one of this year's biggest snowstorms, temperatures hovering in the low 50s will feel springlike to many.

Philadelphia Phillies @ Atlanta Braves

opening day atl

Although warmer weather is in store for those in Atlanta, fans will have little need for sunscreen or sunglasses. Clouds are expected to shroud the sky throughout the day as storms approach from the west.

"As opposed to the games that start at 1:10 p.m. Eastern Time in Detroit and New York, the game in Atlanta begins at 4:10 p.m. Eastern Time," Adamson said.

"Therefore, the rainfall will likely be approaching toward the later innings of the game," he warned.

The threat of a rain delay will therefore increase if the game goes into extra innings.

Any spectators traveling from the stadium on Thursday evening will need to be weather-aware, keeping the radio on in case a severe weather warning is issued.

Related: Look back at this winter's severe weather: 

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March nor'easters that slammed the US East Coast
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A woman walks in the snow during a winter nor'easter storm in the Brooklyn borough of New York, U.S., March 21, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
NEW YORK, USA - MARCH 08: An aerial view of snow covered Manhattan after the snowstorm in New York City, United States on March 8, 2018. Second Noreaster in a week, influenced large portion of East Coast. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
NEW JERSEY, USA - MARCH 07: NJ Transit buses are seen as snow falls in New Jersey, United States on March 07, 2018. Storm alerts for New York, New Jersey and surrounding states were reported. (Photo by Atilgan Ozdil/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - A man plows snow from a street at the Times Square in New York on March 14, 2017. Winter Storm Stella unleashed its fury on much of the northeastern United States on Tuesday, dropping snow and sleet across the region and leading to school closures and thousands of flight cancellations. Stella, the most powerful winter storm of the season, was forecast to dump up to two feet (60 centimeters) of snow in New York and whip the area with combined with winds of up to 60 miles per hour (95 kilometers per hour), causing treacherous whiteout conditions. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman crosses a snow-covered street holding an umbrella in Brooklyn, New York, on March 14, 2017. Winter Storm Stella unleashed its fury on much of the northeastern United States on March 14 dropping snow and sleet across the region and leading to school closures and thousands of flight cancellations. Stella, the most powerful winter storm of the season, was forecast to dump up to two feet (60 centimeters) of snow in New York and whip the area with combined with winds of up to 60 miles per hour (95 kilometers per hour), causing treacherous whiteout conditions. But after daybreak the National Weather Service (NWS) revised down its predicted snow accumulation for the city of New York, saying that the storm had moved across the coast. / AFP PHOTO / ANGELA WEISS (Photo credit should read ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images)
Ice-covered cherry blossoms are seen near the Potomac River on March 14, 2017 in Washington, DC. Winter Storm Stella dumped snow and sleet Tuesday across the northeastern United States where thousands of flights were canceled and schools closed, but appeared less severe than initially forecast. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman takes a photo of the Lincoln Memorial on March 14, 2017 in Washington, DC. Winter Storm Stella dumped snow and sleet Tuesday across the northeastern United States where thousands of flights were canceled and schools closed, but appeared less severe than initially forecast. / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
People walk the snow and sleet-covered streets of New York on March 14, 2017. Winter Storm Stella unleashed its fury on much of the northeastern United States on March 14 dropping snow and sleet across the region and leading to school closures and thousands of flight cancellations. Stella, the most powerful winter storm of the season, was forecast to dump up to two feet (60 centimeters) of snow in New York and whip the area with combined with winds of up to 60 miles per hour (95 kilometers per hour), causing treacherous whiteout conditions. But after daybreak the National Weather Service (NWS) revised down its predicted snow accumulation for the city of New York, saying that the storm had moved across the coast. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MARCH 13: A man walks his dog in near white-out conditions on Clarendon St. as Winter Storm Skylar bears down on March 13, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. This is the third nor'easter to hit the area in less than two weeks. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - MARCH 13: A woman walks across the Boston Public Garden Bridge as Winter Storm Skylar bears down on March 13, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. This is the third nor'easter to hit the area in less than two weeks. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
ROWLEY, MA - MARCH 14: A Newburyport-bound MBTA commuter rail train out of Boston pulls in to the Rowley station in Rowley, MA during a winter storm in Boston on Mar. 14, 2017. (Photo by John Blanding/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
WORCESTER, MA - MARCH 14: A pedestrian carries a shovel through white-out conditions during a winter storm in downtown Worcester, MA on Mar. 14, 2017. (Photo by Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 08: Department of Transportation (DOT) workers clean a snowy street in Brooklyn the morning after a storm on March 8, 2018 in New York, United States. For the second time in less than a week, a nor'easter has moved through the the East Coast. Heavy snow, wind and rain moved up and down the Boston-New York City-Philadelphia corridor closing schools and cancelling thousands of flights. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
A pedestrian walks through the snow during Winter Storm Quinn in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S., on Wednesday, March 7, 2018. Philadelphia could get 8 inches, while cities and towns to the northwest may get double that, the weather service said. Airlines have canceled 1,958 flights as of 7 a.m., according to FlightAware, an airline tracking service. Photographer: Michelle Gustafson/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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