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    Showers May Put Damper on Florida Bowl Games

    By By Mark Leberfinger, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
    January 01, 2014, 6:27:30 AM EST

    Two of the venerable January college football bowl games are celebrating anniversaries this week as fans and tailgaters will enjoy tranquil weather along with the football.

    But there is a chance of a shower or two that could occur during three of the New Year's Day games in Florida.

    "I don't see anything inclement at this point for games in California, Texas and Louisiana," AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Bernie Rayno said.

    Sunny skies will flood over the 100th Rose Bowl Game presented by VIZIO on New Year's Day in Pasadena, Calif. The Stanford Cardinals make a return trip for the Pac-12 to Pasadena, this time to play Big Ten Conference representative Michigan State.

    Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. ET. Game-time temperature will be in the mid-70s, Rayno said.

    The other game celebrating an anniversary is the 80th Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on Jan. 2.

    There will be no worries about the weather for the game, which will be played in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Rayno said after a damp start to the day, the sky will clear during the afternoon for revelers outside, where evening temperatures will slip from the 60s and into the 50s. The game is slated to start at 8:30 p.m. ET.

    Some clouds will be over the AT&T Cotton Bowl on Jan. 3 at AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, but it will be rain-free, Rayno said.

    Rayno said the game-time temperature will be near 50 degrees.


    There are some concerns for rain during bowl games in Florida.

    AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Dan Kottlowski said the possibility exists for a shower or two if a frontal system, which is expected to stall in southern Florida, moves far enough north.

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    The showery weather could occur during the Capital One Bowl in Orlando, the Outback Bowl in Tampa and the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Kottlowski said.

    Game-time temperatures will be mild under cloudy skies at all three bowl games.

    Temperatures at Jacksonville will rise into the 60s during the game. It will be about 70 in Orlando and Tampa.

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