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Weather could dampen weekend events

May 21, 2010 10:38:00 AM - thestate.com

Baseball and soccer players and fans flocking to Columbia on Saturday might have to dodge rain, and possibly lightning.

The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center forecast a slight chance of thunderstorms Saturday for most of South Carolina, including all of the Midlands. The best chance of severe storms is late in the afternoon, as the temperature rises.

That’s about the time crowds will be gathering for USC’s final regular season home baseball game at 4 p.m. Saturday at Carolina Stadium. Meanwhile, a few miles away at Memorial Stadium fans will be shuffling in and out at the S.C. High School League boys state soccer championships — Class A at 11:30 a.m., Class AA at 2 p.m., Class AAA at 4:30 p.m. and Class AAAA at 7 p.m.

The thunderstorms are expected to be of the classic “scattered” variety, which means havoc isn’t guaranteed around the sporting events. Officially, the Weather Service puts the chance of rain at 40 percent.