Well, I can halfway fill your requests for a warmer, calmer Saturday! We'll keep milder temps but are going to have some wind with them. It's going to be a pretty cloudy day, and expect an overcast afternoon/evening and showers coming around later after the game (the main rain event not starting until about 1am).
Thanks to clouds moving in overnight Friday, they act like a blanket keeping us a bit warmer for the early morning tailgaters! If you're out at 6am, don't expect to see too many stars with the sky still under a good amount of cloud cover. It'll be 47 degrees, but grab the extra jacket as the wind makes it feel like 42. Southerly winds are already at 10mph (leaves blow about, you feel the wind in your hair/on your skin). They'll pick up to 15mph by 9am (small twigs move) with the temp rising to 50 degrees.
High noon brings the temperature up to 54 degrees, and the wind up as well. Out of the SSW, you'll feel that steady 17mph breeze (small trees sway), and the gusts up to 25mph as well (you'll hear the wind "whistling"). Mostly cloudy skies for the kickoff.
Mostly cloudy skies for halftime, but you'll notice the cloud cover continually increasing as the game goes on. The temp goes up a couple degrees to 56, and the wind stays just as high as at kickoff.
We'll hit the high for the day of 58 around the end of the game with overcast skies. Chances for a light shower come around late afternoon, and expect the main rain event to begin while you're out celebrating the win- around 1am- so you'll end up running through some rain leaving when the bar closes! The wind gusts die down a bit to 20mph at dinner-time, and they disappear by midnight, with the steady breeze calming down to 15mph, staying out of the south. Temperatures drop to 53 by 8pm, then don't go below 50 degrees until 8am Sunday when the cold front moves through.
Hail to the Victors!
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!!