As far as Fall football games go, this one will be a doozy. We have one cold front moving through later today, then a second one moving through tomorrow, and we add in an upper level system moving out of Canada to give us an extra shot of cold air. It's not only going to be chilly, but we're going to have rain and wintry mix chances through the day. Oh, and it'll be a bit windy. Mother Nature is basically handing us a little of everything for this game day! Dress warm and tuck the poncho in the back pocket for this one! Let's GOOOOO blue!
We'll begin the early morning hours in the lower 40s with a lighter breeze out of the west at 10mph (enough to keep leaves in constant motion). This is one of those mornings that you'll want the hot coffee and the crockpot breakfast casserole - something warm in your hands and your belly - with wind chills in the mid 30s! By mid-morning you'll notice winds will have picked up to 15mph, and we'll begin to see some gusts around 20 (small trees will sway in a breeze like this), so pack up the tailgate well before leaving your site. We'll have some sun early on, but more clouds will fill in as the morning goes on and scattered showers will begin to pop up towards game time. Make sure to grab your rain gear before heading into the stadium!
46 for the kickoff and this is IT for our highs for the day! Cooler air will begin to move in and you'll notice the temperature actually begins to drop as we head into the early afternoon hours. By now, we're experiencing steady winds at 20mph with gusts up to 30mph (this is when empty garbage cans may tip over), making it feel more like 40 degrees. Skies will be mainly overcast with scattered showers - and don't be surprised if you see some wintry mix or flurries!
We'll drop a degree or two by the half with winds staying up at about 20mph, gusting to 30, so it'll feel like the upper 30s. Skies will stay mainly overcast with the chance for showers/mix. If you see soft little snow pellets, that's graupel! It happens when super-cooled water freezes onto snowflakes. Whether we're dry or seeing something falling from the sky at the time, hot chocolate is a solid choice for this halftime! Especially since temperatures will continue to fall through the second half.
Low 40s for that walk out of the game, cheering on our win! If you're planning on hanging out around town just to rub the victory in their faces, keep the warm gear handy! NW winds will lighten just a tad to around 15-18mph, gusting into the mid 20s, so wind chills will stay in the mid 30s for the afternoon. Luckily we'll lose the gusts in the evening! Spotty showers will stick around for the afternoon and evening, but you'll also start to notice some breaks in the clouds. Temps will drop into the upper 30s by dinner-time and simply continue to fall - we hit the mid 30s for the late-night (wind chills in the mid 20s), then lower 30s by last call with it feeling like the low 20s! Skies turn mainly clear overnight. We then start tomorrow morning around 30 degrees with a WNW wind at 10mph, making it feel like 20, with some sunshine. Highs on Sunday look to be around 45 degrees. C'mon blue, bring Paul on home!