The Division Two meeting between LV= County Championship promotion rivals Worcestershire and Essex at New Road became an early victim of the weather.
Light rain set in early in the morning and with heavier downpours predicted for the rest of the day, umpires Jeremy Lloyds and Graham Lloyd abandoned the first day's play at 2pm.
Worcestershire, on a roll after back-to-back victories against Kent and Gloucestershire, were expected to keep the same side for a third match in a row.
Essex were without Ravi Bopara as the England all-rounder prepares for one-day international duty later in the week.
Batsman Nick Browne was named in the squad on the back of a Second XI Championship century against Gloucestershire and a score of 59 for Suffolk against Norfolk in the past fortnight.
Tim Phillips returned after a back spasm and former England paceman Sajid Mahmood was also included in the 12.