The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and N.C. State Wolfpack will kickoff at 3:30 p.m. Saturday under cloudy skies and bitter temperatures in the low 40 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the latest Accuweather forecast.
If that wasn’t bad enough news, there’s a 51 percent chance of rain in the 4 o’clock hour. The Irish and Wolfpack played amid hurricane conditions last year, so both teams are unfortunately accustomed to precipitation.
Those showers will drop the RealFeel temperature - which takes into consideration humidity, cloud cover and wind, among other variables - to 33 degrees. If you already live near South Bend, you probably have a rain jacket with a layer of insulation. If you don’t, this is probably the weekend to invest in such an option.
The temperature at the end of the game will be pretty similar to the start of the game — 39 degrees and 41 degrees, respectively — but that shower and the eight mile per hour winds is going to make it feel colder.
It’s forecasted to be 34 degrees when the tailgate lots open at 7 a.m., so anyone planning to go all out for their tailgate is just increasing their exposure to the cold and light wind. There are no showers forecasted until game time.
Had this game been played in Raleigh instead of South Bend, fans would have been treated to 72 degree kickoff temperatures and no in-game precipitation.
This is a slightly colder-than-normal late October for Notre Dame students and fans. The normal high temperature is 57 degrees and the low is 39 degrees. The record high was 79 degrees in 1999, which was two days before the Bob Davie-led Irish would beat the Navy Midshipmen, 28-24, at home. (The temperature on game day was 75 degrees, although the winds were blowing harder that day than they will be on Saturday.)