Detroit Tigers weather update: Storm threatens game vs. Rangers today

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Jun 13, 2023; Detroit, Michigan, USA; The Detroit Tigers grounds crew works to put the tarp on the
Jun 13, 2023; Detroit, Michigan, USA; The Detroit Tigers grounds crew works to put the tarp on the / Brian Bradshaw Sevald-USA TODAY Sports

Stop us if you've heard this one: Yet another Detroit Tigers game is threatened by weather.

The Tigers are set to host the Texas Rangers at 1:10 p.m. today, yet another day game -- not uncommon during April to help avoid the chilly Michigan nights early in the season. But yet again, wet and stormy Midwestern weather may play as role as well.

The NWS listed much of southeast Michigan as being under a slight threat for storms this afternoon -- level two out of a possible five.

Damaging winds are the main threat, per the NWS, but hail or even a tornado couldn't ruled out.

Even if the weather doesn't become that severe, it doesn't look much like baseball weather.

Detroit weather forecast for Wednesday, April 17

There is a 96% coverage of rain for the Detroit area, per Weather Underground. Tigers officials may choose to get the start of the game in, as there is just 21% coverage of rain at 1 p.m. That said, the figure increases to 58% at 2 p.m. and 83% at 3 p.m. and remains high until at least 7 p.m.

Temperatures are expected to be in the upper 60s or lower 70s throughout the day, dropping to the low-60s in the evening.

Wind is a threat as well. While expected to be in the teens, as the NWS noted there could be much stronger gusts associated with the storm.

With the weather expected to clear later, the Tigers might choose to push the game to the later start time from the afternoon rather than attempt to get another double-header in Thursday. This is the only time the Rangers are visiting Detroit this season.

The storm has already impacted the Midwest, with hail and even tornados spawned by it in Missouri and Iowa, per

Detroit Tigers have already suffered multiple rainouts

It's been a soggy season so far. Detroit lost scheduled games on April 2 and 3 against the Mets and had to use an off day on April 4 to make up both in a doubleheader. Last week another game against the Twins was postponed, resulting in another doubleheader.

Even a game the Tigers did get in last Friday started late due to rain.

Triple-A Toledo pitcher Matt Manning was a beneficiary of the weather both times, as he earned "27th man" spot starts in both games. His rest would put him right on pace in case the Tigers need him again on Thursday.