Georgia has faced near record-high temperatures for much of the fall, but the weather is about to make a sharp turn on Saturday in time for Georgia’s game with Auburn. WSB-TV meteorologist Brad Nitz wants UGA fans to be ready.
“Coming from the South, the discussion about preparing to attend a game normally centers around how to stay cool enough, or how to stay hydrated,” Nitz told DawgNation. “You may not necessarily have that Georgia sweatshirt or jacket when you need it. You may have to add to your wardrobe for tonight.”
Nitz says daytime temperatures around Athens, Ga., should be fairly comfortable — but will drop to around 43 degrees by kickoff, and could get into the 30s by the time the game ends.
“I’d say tailgating should be fine,” Nitz said. “But if you’re planning on wearing those same clothes for the game, you’ll probably be uncomfortable.”
Nitz watches the weather around Sanford Stadium closely. In addition to his role as meteorologist on Channel 2 in Atlanta, Nitz also provides in-stadium forecasts on the video boards during games. That’s a job that’s allowed Nitz — a Florida State grad — to develop quite a bond with UGA.
“It’s been a blast for me,” Nitz said. “It gives me a connection to the team. I’ve been following it very closely.”
In fact, he’s enjoying being a part of the UGA experience so much that he’s hoping to soon deepen his ties to the school.
“I’ve got two teenaged daughters,” Nitz said. “I’m hoping to see them become UGA students.”
Nitz’s story isn’t unique. Many people have fallen in love with UGA after experiencing Georgia’s atmosphere for games, and Saturday’s renewal of the Auburn rivalry should be another memorable night — even if it’s a little cold.
Nitz also says those cold temperatures will likely hang around the Atlanta area for a while.
“It’ll be chilly through the weekend — including down to the 20s in the north Georgia mountains,” Nitz said. “Temperatures will be in the 40s on Monday and Tuesday with rain, and by Tuesday night much of the area could be below freezing.”
Nitz says the next few days shouldn’t bring about any icy conditions, and it’s still too soon to worry about exposed pipes, but sensitive plants could be at risk.
Nitz encourages UGA fans to bring those inside before leaving for the stadium, and to plan on bundling up during the game.