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https://weather.com/weather/tenday/l/USOH0566:1:US

I'm driving in from Northeast Ohio for opening day. I saw earlier this week there was some rain in the forecast, I kept thinking it will probably change, and it has, for the worse. It keeps getting colder and wetter. I'm debating whether I should cancel my trip this weekend. I have until 24 hours before check-in to cancel my hotel reservation. But I took the risk last year and it barely rained and it was one of the best days to be at the park. Everything was walk-on. I just hope it improves or doesn't get as bad as they say. It's saying an inch of rain is possible. I'm also planning on going to the preview which looks a little better. But it's looking like a chilly and wet weekend. 

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Both Friday and Saturday look like crap at this point. 50s for highs with 60-80% chance of rain. Realistically, this means the real temps will be in the 40s. If you aren’t local to the area, don’t bother coming.

https://local12.com/weather

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Honestly I don’t care about the weather to be honest, I’m just super excited for my first preview night! This is going to be a great season.

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Morning weather models are showing temps on Saturday in the low 40s and more rain showers.

Friday afternoon/evening may be the only break in the weather at this point, but it certainly won’t be warm.

If it looks like mostly a washout, then it’s the perfect time to go... if you’re local.

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3 minutes ago, medford said:

Its Good Friday...it ALWAYS rains on Good Friday. ALWAYS.

Except Good Friday 2017, which was preview night when MT opened....

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We should also wait and see with how the storm may hit.  A lot of the local stations are saying scattered showers for Saturday, and sometimes, Kings Mills is on the outskirts of those systems due to the way storms develop and ride along the Ohio River valley (the Ohio River is a HUGE factor in how weather tracks around here, kind of a reason why Cincinnati weather is so weird).  Kings Island might get lucky.  

Or KI could get directly hit, too.  I'll wait till Friday's models come out to judge how Saturday will be.  Friday looks to be less wet than Saturday (they're calling Friday's rain to come earlier in the day).   

Also, on the rain on Good Friday spiel- it didn't rain when KI opened on Good Friday in 2014 either.  

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Im going either way. I wish they would of opened this past weekend. Would of been perfect weather! Super excited though!! 

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4 minutes ago, IndyGuy4KI said:

FOF and Antique Autos ERT all day?  :unsure:

There we go! Wonder if there will be enough people for all The Beast shirts

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46 minutes ago, Fye Coasters said:

There we go! Wonder if there will be enough people for all The Beast shirts

I’d get wet to get a shirt like that 

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13 minutes ago, Creed Bratton said:

I am going no matter what......any day at KI is better than being bored at home.

couldnt agree more! 

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On the bright side, this is probably gonna drive a lot of people away (so much for the massive preview night and opening day crowds if true), and unless it rains super hard or there are thunderstorms all day, I'm sure at least some rides will remain open (though probably with fewer trains than normal).

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On 4/17/2019 at 9:52 AM, chad_1138 said:

Except Good Friday 2017, which was preview night when MT opened....

Actually now that I think about it, your right. I waited 3 1/2 hours to get my ride, front row at exactly 11:58 got back at 12:01. Does that make me the first rider of opening day??!?

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3 minutes ago, silver2005 said:

Rain rides on Racer, Beast and Mystic Timbers are always a good thing, too.  

I have actually never ridden any of the coasters at Kings Island in the rain in spite of 19 total visits since 2000. Even if it was a rainy day, when I got on anything it stayed dry, oddly. I have ridden Delirium and Drop Tower in the rain though, and would like to ride the woodies in particular since I expect they would be running fast due to the wet track.

 

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The National Weather Service hourly forecast shows rain tapering off after 3-4pm on Saturday. Could be a great afternoon/evening if that holds up.

I'll be at Preview Night and Opening Day no matter what the forecast says.

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51 minutes ago, McSalsa said:

I have actually never ridden any of the coasters at Kings Island in the rain in spite of 19 total visits since 2000. Even if it was a rainy day, when I got on anything it stayed dry, oddly. I have ridden Delirium and Drop Tower in the rain though, and would like to ride the woodies in particular since I expect they would be running fast due to the wet track.

 

Well, maybe not during rain (being hit with water bullets at upwards of 50 mph is not fun to me), but wet wooden coaster tracks make for smoother and seemingly faster rides. Even fairly bad wooden coasters can vastly improve with a bit of H2O.  As malem pointed out, the later part of Saturday looks ideal.   

Except Son of Beast.  Speaking from experience. 

Also, beware of Bat when it rains. :ph34r:

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1 hour ago, silver2005 said:

Well, maybe not during rain (being hit with water bullets at upwards of 50 mph is not fun to me), but wet wooden coaster tracks make for smoother and seemingly faster rides. Even fairly bad wooden coasters can vastly improve with a bit of H2O.  As malem pointed out, the later part of Saturday looks ideal.   

Except Son of Beast.  Speaking from experience. 

Also, beware of Bat when it rains. :ph34r:

For the love of god BEWARE OF The Bat WHEN ITS RAINING, THIS PERSON SPEAKS THE TRUTH. It’s also in your best interest  to avoid the Front two rows of Diamondback in the rain, that stuff hurts.

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4 hours ago, silver2005 said:

We should also wait and see with how the storm may hit.  A lot of the local stations are saying scattered showers for Saturday, and sometimes, Kings Mills is on the outskirts of those systems due to the way storms develop and ride along the Ohio River valley (the Ohio River is a HUGE factor in how weather tracks around here, kind of a reason why Cincinnati weather is so weird).  Kings Island might get lucky.  

Or KI could get directly hit, too.  I'll wait till Friday's models come out to judge how Saturday will be.  Friday looks to be less wet than Saturday (they're calling Friday's rain to come earlier in the day).   

Also, on the rain on Good Friday spiel- it didn't rain when KI opened on Good Friday in 2014 either.  

I've studied weather for 15 years.  The Ohio River does not have any influence on how weather systems track.  It has more to with troughs and influences by ridging.  I do agree with one thing you said though,  wait till Friday to make a decision about Saturday.....and in many regards wait till Saturday to make a decision about Saturday.  B)

 

2 hours ago, McSalsa said:

I have actually never ridden any of the coasters at Kings Island in the rain in spite of 19 total visits since 2000. Even if it was a rainy day, when I got on anything it stayed dry, oddly. I have ridden Delirium and Drop Tower in the rain though, and would like to ride the woodies in particular since I expect they would be running fast due to the wet track.

 

My mom and I had just lowered the restraints and buckled our selves in on Drop Tower one year and a "monsoon" came along.  It was a very interesting ride to say the least.  

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Weather seems to be getting better!! Now it’s saying a 60% chance of rain. Overcast with rain showers at times. I hope it stays this way!

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Will the park stay open all day?  Kings Dominion is now infamous for closing the park if there is rain 

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Wear a hoodie. It is just a little rain, no biggie. 

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Yeah the rain wasn’t the biggest issue for me, it was the 50 degrees with rain that worried me. I can deal with rain but not when it’s chilly. 

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for opening day,Its looking like a good chance of rain during the morning hours and perhaps early afternoon......with decreasing chances as the day wears on. 

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