New Englanders traveling to Atlanta for Super Bowl LIII this weekend should find welcome respite from the Northeast’s freezing conditions, though some rain is in the forecast.
As of Thursday morning, the National Weather Service in Atlanta was predicting a 40 percent chance of showers Saturday night into Sunday. Saturday was expected to be mostly sunny, with clouds moving in Sunday and highs near 60 degrees both days.
NWS Atlanta forecaster Vaughn Smith said the weather this weekend will mimic a typical winter weekend in Atlanta, though it’ll be a little warmer than usual.
“The moisture is going to start increasing Saturday, Saturday night, so we’re looking at rain moving in,” he said. “During the day Sunday, we have a 40 percent chance of rain, and then it tapers off into the evening.”
NFL officials have long hoped to have Mercedes-Benz Stadium’s famous retractable roof open for the game, according to previous reporting by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The NFL’s top Super Bowl executive, Peter O’Reilly, said officials had not decided which way to go — but precipitation and temperature would be the deciding factors.
Precipitation is unlikely Sunday night, while temperatures will drop to 48 degrees, according to forecasters.