Grand Slam Parade to see good weather

The Little League World Series is ready to kick off with its annual Grand Slam Parade tonight and four games starting Thursday afternoon.

Despite bright, sunny skies for parade activities, there may be chances of showers throughout the first two game days, according to David Martin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in State College.

Street closures along Fourth Street will start around 2 p.m., including Cemetery, South, Center, Elmira, Hepburn and Pine Streets. Signs are up on parking meters, clarifying where people can park and when.

Families already had chairs and blankets out to claim their parade seats late Tuesday afternoon.

The parade will step off around 5:30 p.m. with less than 30% chance of showers and warm, breezy air — great weather to step out and enjoy the music and fun.

“It will be a nice day in the low 80s, quite a bit of sun and northern winds,” Martin said.

The official Series opening ceremony will start Thursday at 11 a.m. at Volunteer Stadium with the first game to begin shortly after at 1 p.m., featuring the Caribbean Region champions from Willemstad, Curacao, playing the Australia Region champions from Sydney, New South Wales.

Thursday’s forecast calls for moderate humidity, temperatures reaching 80 degrees and a small chance of rain.

“There will be small chances of rain in the afternoon through the evening. Nothing real heavy though,” Martin said. “It won’t last all day.”

Games scheduled for Thursday include Barrington, Rhode Island playing South Riding, Virginia at 3 p.m., South Chungcheong, South Korea playing Maracaibo, Venezuela at 5 p.m. and Coon Rapids, Minnesota playing Bowling Green, Kentucky at 7 p.m.

The odds of rain increase Friday, with a 45 to 50% chance of rain and storms along with a bit more humidity.

Games start at 2 p.m. on Friday, with Bologna, Italy playing Chofu City, Japan; Wailuku, Hawaii versus River Ridge, Louisiana at 4 p.m.; Guadalupe, Neuvo, Leon, Mexico against Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada at 6 p.m.; and ending with Salem, Oregon playing Elizabeth, New Jersey at 8 p.m.

Friday would be a day to enjoy the games with family and friends under an umbrella, a poncho or a stadium roof, Martin said.

Saturday and Sunday are looking bright and open for playing ball with decreased chances of showers in the 20% chance range.

“Storms will form and could stay north of town,” Martin said. “Where the Little League World Series is located is good because the storms could stay north in the hills and not in town.”