Fans heading to CenturyLink Field Saturday should expect a windy day with rain heaviest during the tailgating hours.
“It’s going to be pretty blustery at times,” for the Seahawks’ playoff game against New Orleans, said Ted Buehner, warning-coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Seattle.
Heavy rains – up to 5 inches in the mountains and about an inch in Seattle – are expected to arrive late Friday and continue into Saturday morning.
But early indications are those rains may ease by the 1:35 p.m. kickoff, and fans may see even a sun break or two as the game goes on.
Winds out of the south of 15-25 mph could have implications for the kicking game. Buehner said if a team ends up trying to win the game on a last-minute field goal, it will be much better off if the wind is at its back.
Game-day temperatures, forecast in the mid and upper 40s, are likely to be “a heck of a lot better than any of the game venues east of the Rockies had last weekend,” Buehner said.
Fans going to the game should keep an eye on the forecasts issued Thursday and Friday, when forecasters will have a better idea of how the storm will play out.