Thunderstorms unlikely for first Missouri home game

Friday, August 29, 2014 | 4:47 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Thunderstorms are not likely for the first Missouri football game on Saturday, said National Weather Service meteorologist Julie Phillipson. 

Showers and thunderstorms on Friday afternoon may be alarming for Saturday gamegoers and tailgaters, but Phillipson said storms are not in the forecast for game day.

“While there is a 30 percent chance of rain tomorrow, we’re not expecting any widespread severe weather,” Phillipson said.

Showers and thunderstorms are predicted to die down by 6 or 7 a.m. Saturday, just in time for fans to begin tailgating. A high of 87 was forecast for game day, and any chance of rain will go down after sunset, Phillipson said.

For the rest of the holiday weekend, Sunday afternoon is predicted to be clear with no chance of rain. Thunderstorms are predicted to begin again Sunday night.

There is a 60 percent chance of rain on Labor Day, with a likelihood of thunderstorms and a high around 86 degrees.

Supervising editor is Caroline Bauman.

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