A low pressure system to the NE means we'll receive the backside of the rain and the cooler air streaming in behind the cold front. Luckily we'll be dry for the day and the only thing to really worry about is the wind. We have gale force winds expected throughout the whole day... we're not talking a light breeze, we're talking up to 45mph winds! Dress warm for this match-up!
If you're traveling to East Lansing...
The rain will move out by 8am, and if you're headed out tailgating you'll be dry, but may want to put a few extra stakes in your tent to make sure your wind protection doesn't blow over! We'll be at 45 degrees, but it'll feel chillier with west winds at 20mph, gusts higher. Grab something warm to drink, put the chili in the crockpot, and bundle up!
Looking at 52 degrees and partly cloudy for the kickoff. That west wind is just beginning to reach it's peak- seeing a steady 25mph wind (this is when you can hear the wind howling, it's hard to use an umbrella) and gusts could be up to 40mph (big trees sway, you can feel your car veering.)
Only going up a couple degrees by halftime, and seeing more sun but some clouds remain. Winds steady at 30mph with gusts over 40mph possible. Gale force winds mean you can see some branches down, construction barricades can blow over.
Reaching the high temperature as we approach the end of the game, 56 degrees. The clouds will continue to clear as we go through the remainder of the afternoon and evening hours, but the important thing is that the winds will begin to wind down. By 8pm, sitting at 50 degrees, west wind at 18mph, gusts up to 30mph. By midnight, they've calmed to 15mph, gusts in the low 20s, with temps in the upper 40s. If you're headed home Sunday morning, you'll see less wind (about 10mph-leaves move about) but the chance of a shower returns.
If you're staying home...
Very similar weather, but we'll be a bit warmer. Looking to hit the upper 50s in Ann Arbor tomorrow, and a little less windy than E. Lansing- we'll have west winds between 20-28mph, with gusts in the upper 30s. 54 degrees at kickoff, 56 by halftime, and seeing mostly sunny skies for the afternoon. Cooling to the upper 40s by last call, wind at 15mph (no gusts), with clouds increasing late night as showers move in for Sunday morning. Bundle up on this windy Saturday to head downtown and celebrate victory!
Christina Burkhart is a meteorologist for NBC/ABC in Traverse City, MI. She grew up in Ann Arbor and associates Saturdays with Michigan football. Go Blue!!