Game Day Weather

Submitted by mgoweather on November 18th, 2016 at 1:01 PM

Thank you for such nice comments last week! Very kind of you :) The weather, unfortunately, is not looking so kind. We have a strong low pressure system moving through the Great Lakes region. While we're under the warm front Friday that means a some sun and very mild temps. But the cold front is swinging through overnight, bringing a few scattered rain showers, and behind it we turn much cooler. Don't be surprised if you see flurries flying through the day Saturday! Strong NW winds will also make it feel even colder than the readings on the thermometer. It's a day you'll definitely want all of those heavier layers! Let's bring home a win over Indiana!

Tailgating

Temps will be steadily falling through the overnight hours, reaching the mid 30s if you're up early. Winds will be out of the WSW at about 20mph (small trees will sway, you'd see a lot of white horses on the water) gusting up to around 30mph (large branches move, empty garbage cans may tip over). We do have a brief dry period right near sunrise towards mid-morning, so not a bad time to get the tent up - and tie it down. And then fire up that hot crockpot chili asap! Through mid-morning temps will be around 40 but the wind will have it feeling like the mid 30s. We bring back the chance for scattered showers/mix/flurries and that stays with us through lunch. Midday winds will be out of the W at 20mph gusting into the low 30s (whole trees sway, it can become a bit difficult to walk against the wind). 

Kickoff

39 degrees for this kickoff! Brrr! We'll have a lot of cloud cover, and don't rule out some wintry mix or flurries falling as the first whistle blows. Speaking of blowing (get your minds out of the gutter!) it'll be windy! Steady WNW winds are up into the low 20s and gusting into the low 30s. This wouldn't be a bad game to have some of those little hand warmers in your pocket! 

Halftime

Hot chocolate anyone? Losing a couple of degrees by the half! Mid 30s for the halftime show with the chance you'll see some wintry mix and flurries. Winds will be out of the NW still in the low 20s and gusting into the low 30s. That breeze will have it feeling like the upper 20s by now.

Post-Game

Dropping to the low 30s as we walk out of those gates, win in [heavily gloved but still half frozen] hand. Wind chills will have it feeling like 25 and we'll still have plenty of clouds, and the possibility of a few flurries. Winds will be steady inthe low 20s out of the NW, and we're not getting rid of those gusts anytime soon. They'll be into the mid 30s for the evening (if you were in a tall building you'd feel it sway). By the late night gusts will be up around 40mph (it can veer your car on the road) - that's gale force wind gusts, so be careful getting home if you're planning on staying out late! Temperature-wise, we'll be in the low 30s with mostly cloudy skies and a couple of flurries here and there. The wind chill will fall to around 20 degrees! We aren't expecting much snowfall accumulation, but don't be surprised to get a good dusting when all is said and done. If you traveled, Sunday in A2 will bring a few early flurries, some sun, and highs in the low 30s -with it feeling like the 20s all day thanks to a breezy NW wind. Let's go blue!! 

 

Christina Burkhart is the morning meteorologist for ABC in Flint, MI. She grew up in Ann Arbor and associates Saturdays with Michigan football. Go Blue!!

Comments

Goggles Paisano

November 18th, 2016 at 6:49 PM ^

One of my biggest pet peeves of all - football and baseball should always be played outdoors on grass.  I really hate that ground up tire turf everyone plays on now.  Combine that with a dome and I don't even want to watch it.  I think this is one of the big reasons I no longer like the NFL - too many domes.  The aesthetics of an outdooor game on grass are something I just dig.  Even better when it's cold and blustery.  

True Blue Grit

November 18th, 2016 at 4:57 PM ^

thermal underwear, wool socks, winter gloves, and Gortex coat.  You can't layer too much for this game.  Well I guess you could so you couldn't move.  

I've always noticed when the weather is like this, the homefield advantage just isn't as big since everyone tends to be quieter (preserving warmth).  

RainbowSprings

November 19th, 2016 at 6:42 AM ^

The kind of weather I hated when I lived in SE Michigan. Cold, sloppy mess. Drive (and play) safely up there.

By the way, not making fun of the weather up there at all. Wintry mix beats the shit out of hurricane watches, which we had two this year (Hermine and Matthew).

BoFan

November 20th, 2016 at 3:30 PM ^

What an excellent forecast for a very memorable game. How about next Saturday in Columbus? Can we get an early forecast and a late forecast?