Game Day Weather

Submitted by mgoweather on November 3rd, 2017 at 11:06 AM

UPDATE : While rain showers looked to be more scattered yesterday, models are showing more widespread passing showers this afternoon and evening, into the late-night before we briefly dry out. The forecast below is updated, but basically just keep your rain gear with you today! :) Also, there is a chance for severe storms Sunday afternoon - please stay weather aware. 

After a beautiful Friday, our next low pressure system begins to move in from the plains and works with extra waves of energy in the higher levels of the atmosphere to bring us clouds and scattered showers this weekend. I'd keep the rain gear handy for this one - it won't rain in A2 all afternoon and evening, but showers passing through on and off are expected! Despite not having sun for tailgating or this night game, temps aren't lookin' too shabby! We'll be on the milder side through the day, the game, and tomorrow. Let's beat Minnesota!   



Overall it'll be a pretty gray tailgate day (I didn't mention scarlet, but is that bad karma in November? Let's just say a blah day to be on the safe side!). If you're an all-dayer and out there early or running to grab the forgotten buns for hot dogs, it'll be chilly! We're starting the morning in the mid 30s with a NE wind around 5mph (just enough to feel a breeze) - it's not much but it will be enough to give us a wind chill in the lower 30s. We'll reach the mid 40s for lunchtime with plenty of clouds and an E wind at 10-15mph (enough to rustle leaves in the trees, blow about loose papers). As we go through the afternoon, we'll hit highs around 50 and also bring in the chance for some showers. It's looking quite possible you'll run into a shower at some point, so you might want that tent up just in case. We'll slowly fall to the upper 40s as you're packing up the tailgate and getting ready to walk through the gates. Reminder that the sun sets a little before 6:30pm and it'll be cloudy, so plan accordingly if you need to have a flashlight to pack up! Winds will shift a bit to the ESE.   


Lucky for us - we get to be a little milder Saturday night! 47 for our kickoff - not bad at all for an early November night game! It will be overcast with rain likely - could have some good downpours as we start this game. Don't forget the poncho! Winds will be out of the ESE at about 6-7mph.  


Temperatures will stay relatively steady through the first half. We only lose a degree or two by the middle of the game. All of our clouds want to stay around for the second half, as does our chance at rain. That chance has increased from Friday, and we now look to see showers on and off to finish out the game, so even if there's a break at the half don't throw your poncho away while you get a snack (c'mon now those things are expensive you don't want to have to buy another one!). Winds will gradually lighten to about 5mph, staying out of the ESE, so we don't have to factor in much of an extra chill. 


Staying out late? Our chance for rain will lessen the later you're out, but we are going to keep the cloud cover. Temperatures will at least stay pretty constant in the mid 40s. Winds will be light, gradually turning more southerly. And hey - why not head out on the town? We get an extra hour to celebrate that win! If you're then going out for some late-night snacks after last-last call, you'll notice the temps start to rise. Sunday morning's temps will be in the low 50s! Afternoon highs for Sunday will get into the lower 60s, but rain showers are likely - along with possible severe thunderstorms. 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!



November 3rd, 2017 at 1:18 PM ^

I love your forecast compared to what I have been reading.  But WD is whining about the weather on Twitter.  Didn't you check with him before your forecast?

Goggles Paisano

November 3rd, 2017 at 2:29 PM ^

UM Fan from Sydney - why do you downvote the Mgoweather post?  I get why HisDudeness isn't a fan of the Posbang, but this is a very anticipated and appreciated post for those that are going to the game each week.