The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Navy Midshipmen will kick off at 3:30 p.m. today under cloudy skies and amid cutting winds and temperatures in the mid-40s, according to the latest Accuweather forecast.
While temperature at kickoff is forecasted to be 43 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit, the RealFeel temperature — which considers cloud cover and wind, among other variables — will be between 27 and 31 degrees.
Tailgating is now open, but those already assembling should expect rain around 10 a.m., when there’s a 68 percent chance of rain falling in the area. The rain could continue up to 1 p.m., and by that point winds could be blowing as hard as 26 miles per hour. Simply put, you’re going to have to really want it if you’re tailgating today.
Tailgating now at 8:30am pic.twitter.com/LnIGc4GqUl— Steve Yaros (@fightingirish50) November 18, 2017
As for the game, there’s a 52 percent chance of rain in the area during the first half. By the end of the game, that could change into snow flurries — although temperatures are forecasted to stay in the low 40s.
This is a pretty typical Nov. 18 for the Notre Dame campus, although it was a high of 72 degrees on this day last year. (Temperatures would return to more normal levels when the Irish hosted the Virginia Tech Hokies the following day.)
The record high is 73 degrees, set in 1930 — three days after Knute Rockne’s Irish beat the Drake Bulldogs, 28-7. The record low is 8 degrees, set in 2008 — four days before the disastrous game against the Syracuse Orange, which featured cold temperatures and plenty of snow on the ground.