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Rain to Return Along East Coast for Sunday NFL Opening Games

By By Brian Lada, AccuWeather Meteorologist
September 14, 2015, 9:54:55 AM EDT

Players and fans are getting ready for the first weekend of the NFL regular season which ends on Monday night along the West coast.

The first game of the regular season in Foxborough was drenched with heavy downpours at times, but this will not be an indication on how the weather will play out for a majority of the opening weekend games.

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Sunday Afternoon: Rain Visits East Coast Games

A majority of NFL games will be played on Sunday afternoon and should largely be rain-free.

This includes the season openers in Denver, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and along the West coast.

However, some of the games being played along the East coast will experience a few showers and potentially game-delaying thunderstorms.

People planning to attend the home opener for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers may want to plan on bringing along some rain gear. Northern Florida will dry out for the opener for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

“A sharp dip in the jet stream will push a cold front into central Florida over the weekend and with this will come a chance of showers and thunderstorms in Tampa,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Randy Adkins said.

People at the games can monitor when the rain will start and stop, as well as how heavy the rain will be by using AccuWeather MinuteCast®.


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The Tampa Bay game will not be the only game in the East that may have unsettled weather on Sunday.

A storm system will spread showers and steadier rain across the Northeast on Sunday.

This could affect fans heading to MetLife Stadium to watch the Cleveland Browns play the New York Jets and those in western New York attending the Buffalo Bills game.

Fortunately for those headed to these games on Sunday, it looks like it will be lighter showers moving through rather than a heavy, soaking rain that occurred on Saturday.

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Those a bit father south in the Nation’s Capitol at the Washington Redskins game should expect any showers to come to an end by the start of the game.

"Dry air should be begin to move in by the afternoon around Washington DC," said AccuWeather Meteorologist Jordan Root.

Those heading out to any of these games should keep in mind that lightning from nearby thunderstorms could cause the NFL to delay the game until the storm has passed.

Even if there are no thunderstorms, wet weather will be pesky to players on the field, fans in the stadium and people tailgating during the hours leading up to the kickoff.

Monday Night Football: Dry Weather to Dominate

Monday night is featuring a doubleheader for the opening week of NFL regular season play.

The first of the two games on Monday night will be played in Atlanta where the Eagles will play the Falcons in the Georgia Dome.

Since the game is being played in a dome, the players and fans will not have to worry about the weather impacting play.

Fans tailgating before the game shouldn’t have to worry about the weather either with dry conditions forecast to dominate the Atlanta area on Monday. Temperatures will be in the mid-70s leading up to the game.


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The last game of opening week will be played on the West Coast and similar to the game in Atlanta shouldn’t face any issues with the weather.

The Minnesota Vikings are traveling to Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, where they will play the San Francisco 49ers.

This Week 1 finale will be played under the cloud-free sky of the Bay Area, typical conditions for this time of year.

Fans headed to the game can expect near-perfect weather for the first game of the season with the temperature at kickoff around 70 F, then falling into the 60s during the game.

For a detailed forecast for each NFL football stadium across the country, check out the AccuWeather Football Weather Center.

Have questions, comments, or a story to share? Email Brian Lada at Brian.Lada@accuweather.com, follow him on Twitter at @Wxlada. Follow us @breakingweather, or on Facebook and Google+.

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