Rain and snow dampen Nats-Mets opening day

UPDATE, 11: 35 a.m.: The tarp is off the field at Citi Field and the grounds crew is preparing the field for what appears to be an on-time start. The rain and snow, which wasn’t sticking, has stopped. The forecast still isn’t calling for any further precipitation around first pitch, but it will still be cold. It is 39 degrees now and a predicted 43 by game time.

UPDATE, 9:55 a.m.: First pitch is more than three hours away, but the weather in New York is bleak this morning. The tarp is on the field while a combination of rain and snowflakes fall. The little bit of snow, however, isn’t sticking. The forecast calls for it to clear up by first pitch at 1:10 p.m. By 2 p.m., the temperatures are expected to rise to 52 degrees. Based on the weather along this morning, it doesn’t quite feel like opening day yet.

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James Wagner joined the Post in August 2010 and, prior to covering the Nationals, covered high school sports across the region.

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James Wagner · March 31, 2014