Tailgate Weather Forecast, 10/8/2016

GIFs, Weather

East Carolina at South Florida, 12:00PM
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FL

While most states north of FL will still be undergoing impacts from Hurricane Matthew, the Tampa area will be drying out at this time after heavy rains. Breezy conditions with winds around 10-15 mph and temperatures in the low to mid 80s. Gradually clearing skies are expected through the afternoon. Enjoy the weather, Pirates. Because the Bulls will shit all over everything else you had planned.

Notre Dame at NC State, 12:00PM
Carter Finley Stadium, Raleigh, NC

Virginia Tech at North Carolina, 3:30PM
Kenan Stadium, Chapel Hill, NC

Army at Duke, 3:30PM
Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, NC

Syracuse at Wake Forest, 7:00PM
BB&T Field, Winston Salem, NC

All the Big 4 schools are playing at home this weekend. Ordinarily, this would be an awesome opportunity to showcase the football in our state. However, Hurricane Matthew is taking all the attention. Combining all four forecasts into one makes sense here given the broad scope of impacts to expect, so let’s talking about them.

Rainfall Amounts and Timing:

Rain will begin moving in over the state this afternoon and evening, increasing in intensity throughout Saturday morning. The strongest rainfall is expected to fall late Saturday morning through Saturday evening. Rains will taper off from west to east beginning Saturday night through Sunday morning. Rainfall totals are expected to be greatest from the Triangle south and east. 1-3″ of rainfall in the Triad area and amounts of 3-5″ are possible from the Triangle to I-95 and 5-10″ are possible east of I-95. Because rainfall will be heavy and we’re already pretty saturated, flooding is definitely possible.


Breezy conditions are expected this afternoon with winds near 10-20 mph and gusts as high as 30 mph possible overnight tonight into Saturday morning. These conditions are expected to continue through much of Saturday, with higher gusts of 40-50 mph possible south and east of the Triangle region. While the rainfall ends on Sunday, winds gusting to 25-35 mph are possible through much of the day on Sunday.

Consequently, any tailgating this weekend will be the suck. The games will be probably not be much better with all the wind and rain making things more ridiculous than they otherwise would be. Here’s a small bit of advice:

And stay safe. Don’t be stupid. Stay away from downed trees and power lines. Avoid flooded roads. And don’t try to light wet charcoal.