Colorado Rockies vs. Chicago Cubs: Weather updates from Wrigley Field

CHICAGO — The second game of a three-game series between the Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies is likely to be delayed by weather rolling through the area around Wrigley Field.

Around 5:30 p.m. (Central time), the Colorado Rockies were in the middle of batting practice when the field was cleared quickly because of lightning in the area. The Chicago Cubs had already completed batting drills before inclement weather moved into the area.

Here is the latest on the weather affecting the start of the game between the Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies at Wrigley Field.

Once the Rockies were cleared from the field, the Cubs ground crew put down the tarp in anticipation of storms that are likely to move through the area in the next few hours. Lightning flashed in the distance shortly thereafter.

The scoreboard in left field at Wrigley Field immediately flashed a warning that there was lightning in the area and that fans should clear the seating bowl and seek shelter immediately.

Germán Márquez (11-9, 3.80 ERA) is scheduled to take the mound for the Rockies while Justin Steele (2-2, 3.22 ERA) is scheduled to open for the Cubs.First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. (Central time).

On Monday night, the Cubs rallied from a 3-0 first-inning deficit to post a 6-4 victory and snap a 13-game home losing streak. Rafael Ortega, once a Rockies player, completed the comeback with a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth off Colorado closer Daniel Bard.

We are in the press box at Wrigley Field and will keep this page updated with the latest information below. All times listed below will be in Central time. Please hit refresh often to ensure you are getting the most relevant updates below.

5:45 p.m. — Dark clouds and strong winds have moved over Wrigley Field, cooling things down tremendously.

5:48 p.m. — The flags above the center field scoreboard are whipping with strong winds from the north.

5:50 p.m. — It has started to rain at Wrigley.

5:52 p.m. — Wrigley Field organist is playing “Cult of Personality” as rain comes down harder.

5:55 p.m. — Downpour here with dark skies above.

5:58 p.m. — Wind still blowing in from left, rain still coming down. No sign of any players or coaches.

6:03 p.m. — A few fans are here in the concourse but staying dry is a challenge with the wind blowing in from the north.

6:05 p.m. — Rain coming down the hardest of the evening right now.

6:15 p.m. — Not much change. Hard rain. Lots of wind. Lightning now as well.

6:20 p.m. — Rain has slightly diminished. Still plenty coming down though.

6:25 p.m. — Largest clap of thunder of the night just hit.

6:26 p.m. — And yes, the sound of the Red Line running by Wrigley has a “rolling thunder” quality to it. Rain has picked back up.

6:33 p.m. — Thanks to those of you who joined us for a live shot on our Twitter page. As you can see, it’s not letting up.

6:37 p.m. — A lot (I mean, a lot) of rain has fallen … and still is.

6:46 p.m. — They’ve officially closed the windows here at the Wrigley Field press box so no more unobstructed rain videos. But, trust me, it’s still coming down.

6:54 p.m. — Game has officially been postponed. Split doubleheader on Wednesday with first game starting at 1:20 p.m. (Central) and second at 5:30 p.m.

7:03 p.m. — Germán Márquez will pitch the first game for the Rockies while Austin Gomber will start the second.