Rain, possibly storms, on tap for Missouri football fans

Thursday, September 26, 2013 | 6:27 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — It looks like Missouri football fans attending Saturday's game against Arkansas State should pack a parka along with their game-day Tiger shirts and foam fingers. 

Rain and thunderstorms are most likely after the 6:30 p.m. kickoff, but the cold front moving east across Missouri could bring rain as early as Saturday morning, said Julie Phillipson, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in St. Louis.

The Weather Service on Thursday put the chance of rain at 50 percent after 7 p.m. Saturday and 35 percent during the day.

Weather Service forecast maps indicated the Columbia area can expect between one-fourth and one-half inches of rain on Saturday. Phillipson said certain locations could experience heavy downpours while others only get light rain, and conditions could change rapidly. 

Though severe weather is not expected, Phillipson said there is a high chance of lightning, thunder, gusty winds and a small chance of light hail.

Those planning to attend should note that umbrellas are not permitted in Memorial Stadium, according to stadium policy.

SEC policy requires that referees suspend play when lightning is detected within six miles of a stadium. The game can resume when lightning and thunder are not observed for 30 minutes.

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