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Notre Dame Football: Weather Report For Saturday’s Game Against Michigan in Ann Arbor

As Ollie Williams might say, “IT’S GONNA RAIN!”

Minnesota v Michigan

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Michigan Wolverines will likely kick off Saturday night under rainy skies, amid moderate breezes and temperatures in the low 50s.

That’s according to the latest Accuweather forecast, which suggests that the rain is unlikely to cease before the game ends around 11 p.m. The chance of precipitation is around 74 percent at kickoff in Ann Arbor, and is 67 percent four hours later.

If you’re going to the game and tailgating, all parking lots — both public and permit-only — open at noon. That includes the university’s golf course, Pioneer High School and the Ann Arbor Golf & Outing Club.

The forecast for the noon hour is mostly cloudy, with 9 mile per hour winds and a temperature of 49 degrees Fahrenheit. Rain could start as early as 4 p.m. Sunset is at 6:37 p.m.

The forecasted high of 54 degrees and low of 48 degrees is fairly typical for an October 26 in Ann Arbor. The record high of 82 degrees was set in 1963, although the Wolverines were in Minneapolis that day. The record low of 19 was in 1887, the Wolverines’ ninth year as a football team. (Their season didn’t start until Nov. 12 that year — and ended April 21! At Notre Dame!)

The Irish last played an Oct. 26 game in the state of Michigan in 1968, when the temperature in East Lansing was between 39 and 53 degrees that day. Notre Dame lost, 21-17, to Michigan State.