Opening Day forecast: Is this Heaven?

Tom Greenwood
The Detroit News

Detroit — It’s Tigers Opening Day: the dogs are grillin’, the brews are chillin’ and Mother Nature is willin’.

Unlike the seeming majority of most Opening Days, the weather is going to be very close to perfect, according to the National Weather Service.

“Everything is looking pretty good with a high in the lower 60s,” said meteorologist Dan Thompson, working from the White Lake Township station. “We’ll have increasing clouds during the day but we won’t see any showers and thundershowers until overnight.”

The low for Monday night is expected to be in the lower 40s.

“The normal high for this time of year is about 55 so the lower 60s is a bit above average but sure, we deserve it,” Thompson said.

According to the NWS, the rest of the week looks kind of wet with a chance of rain each day. Temperatures will be on the cooler side on Tuesday and Wednesday with highs only in the upper 40s.

“But after that, the temperatures will pop up into the upper 50s and lower 60s,” Thompson said.

While many fans will be traveling into The D via the freeways, many will take Woodward down to the ballpark.

Anyone motoring on Woodward should be aware of the M-1 Rail Project, which is the construction of a 3.3-mile electric trolley car system stretching from Larned to West Grand Boulevard.

Woodward will remain open to traffic during construction of the streetcar system with police maintaining traffic flow and direction on Opening Day.

There are 29,000 parking spaces located throughout the M-1 corridor with access to parking facilities being maintained at all times during construction. For specific game day parking options, visit Getting to Comerica Park.

Sidewalks on Woodward are open during M-1 Rail construction with access to restaurants, bars, shops, Comerica Park and Ford Field.

All freeways (Interstate 75, I-94, M-10, I-375, etc.) are open. Follow the detour signs for any closed exits. Visit www.m-1rail.com for more information about traffic and the project.

According to police, many streets and ramps will be closed, and several streets will be designated as "no parking zones." Anyone who unlawfully parks in restricted areas could be ticketed and towed.

Police are advising visitors to consider parking near their favorite restaurant/bar in Corktown, Greektown or Eastern Market.

Street closures: Brush from Madison to the Fisher Service Drive north and south; WB Madison will be down to one lane from St. Antoine to Randolph.

More are: NB and SB Witherell from Montcalm to Adams will be closed with the exception of the handicap drop-off; John R from WB Fisher Service Drive to Montcalm; and EB Lafayette from Beaubien to St. Antoine is closed due to construction.

The following are no parking zones: Woodward between Mack and Grand River; Montcalm between Woodward and Brush; Brush between I-75 and Gratiot; and Adams between Brush and Woodward.

More are: Witherell between Woodward and Montcalm; Madison between Randolph and Brush; John R between E. Adams and Madison; and Brush between Mack and the Fisher Service Drive, except for buses.

DDOT/Smart bus service, which normally uses Woodward, will be rerouted to Cass from Park to Mack.

Parking: Secured and unsecured parking is available for a fee in downtown. For a listing of city parking garages/structures, call (313) 221-2500 or visit www.detroitmi.gov.

Shuttle bus service will be available on Witherell between Woodward and Montcalm; Madison between Randolph and Brush; John R between E. Adams and Madison and on Brush between Mack and the Fisher service drive.

There is a new location for shuttle bus pickup for bars/restaurant located on the west side of Woodward at Park. There is no parking on Adams between Brush and Woodward.

Taxi cabs will be staged in the curb lane on the NB side of Woodward at Witherell.

Taxis will be allowed to drop off and pick up on Adams west of Witherell.

Handicap routes: People can be dropped off and picked up at Elizabeth and Witherell.

Staging for limousines are allowed on the eastbound side of the Fisher Freeway Service Drive only from Woodward to John R on both sides of the curb. No limousines will be allowed to park left wheel to curb on the service drive.

The new parking location for all chartered buses will be located on the EB side the Fisher Service Drive between Woodward and Brush on both curb lanes. Chartered buses will no longer be allowed to stage on the WB side of the Fisher service drive from John R to Woodward.

People Mover: For a listing of DPM schedules, fees and locations visit the DPM website at www.thepeoplemover.com or call (313) 224-2160.

Police are also offering the following safety tips:

■ Arrive with plenty of time to familiarize yourself with the downtown area.

■ Don't block intersections while driving or parking. If you do, it will be towed.

■ Park in well-lit areas and do not leave valuables exposed in your vehicle and remember where you parked.

■ Be aware of your surroundings and where you are. Travel in pairs/groups and decide on a central meeting place if you get separated.

■ Buckle up and don't drink and drive.

Opening Day

Minnesota Twins at Detroit Tigers

1:08 p.m. Monday on FSN, FSDT, WXYT-FM (97.1)

Starters: David Price vs. Phil Hughes

First pitch: Metro Detroiter and acclaimed actor J.K. Simmons

National anthem: Legendary Motown group the Four Tops

New food items at Comerica Park: coney quesadilla, queso pork rinds, foot-long coney dog, pretzel dog, chips and dip dog, chicken bacon cheddar sandwich, bacon and eggs. Comerica Park also will now offer a Grab-n-Go stand near Section 147, which will feature 125 packaged items and a variety of healthier options like fruit, yogurt, salads and protein bars.

Get connected: Tigers fans will have access to 600 different Wi-Fi points throughout the ballpark

Parties beyond the ballpark: Much of downtown Detroit will be a sea of orange and navy blue, especially near the stadium.

TGreenwood@detroitnews.com

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Extended forecast

Monday: Partly sunny with a high of 62. Light and variable winds.

Monday night: Rain likely after 1 a.m. with a low of about 42.

Tuesday: There is a 60 percent chance of rain, mainly before noon. Predicted high is 47.

Tuesday night: There is a 50 percent chance of rain with low of about 37.

Wednesday: There is a 40 percent chance of rain with a high of about 48.

Wednesday night: Mostly cloudy with a low of about 38.

Thursday: Chance of rain 60 percent with a high of about 57.

Thursday night: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm. Cloudy with a low of 49.

Friday: Showers likely with a high near 60.

Friday night: Mostly cloudy with a low of 42.