Umbrellas in forecast for Opening Day

CHICAGO – As Opening Day gets closer, the weather forecast only seems to get worse.

Where once the extended forecast showed temperatures in the mid 50-degree range with partly cloudy skies for Monday, the latest check at weather.com showed a 40-percent chance of rain showers. Monday’s opener against the Minnesota Twins at U.S. Cellular Field is scheduled for a 3:10 p.m. local start.

The best day of the next 10 seems to be Sunday where temps in the low 60s are expected with partly cloudy skies. The White Sox are expected to have a workout at U.S. Cellular Field that day.

Because early-season weather is often volatile, early makeup dates are worked into the schedule. As a precaution, the White Sox have an off day Tuesday that they can use if Monday’s opener gets rained out.

Tuesday’s forecast is actually worse, though, with a rain/snow mix expected with high temperatures not even predicted to reach 40 degrees.