Saturday’s rainy weather a game-changer for UGA-Bama? Maybe not

Take a deep breath, Dawg Nation. It looks like the rain in Saturday’s forecast won’t be so bad that the UGA-Alabama game will turn into a strictly ground and pound affair.

And what Georgia fan wouldn’t mind seeing Tide quarterback Jake Coker play a bigger role?

To be sure, wet weather will dominate come the weekend, and Sanford Stadium won’t be spared. But while the rain could spoil lots of non-football plans, it’s hardly going to be a calamitous downpour, according to Channel 2 Action News meteorologist Brad Nitz.

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For one thing, Hurricane Joaquin isn’t going to be much of a factor here.

“The hurricane is expected to be well east of central Florida Saturday afternoon,” Nitz said, “over 600 miles away from Athens.”

It will, he said, “have no direct impact on the game.”

Still, “Some tropical moisture will be pulled in by an upper level low pressure center,” Nitz said. “That will bring some rain to our area this weekend, but not a hurricane.”

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The expectation of rain has already led to the cancellation of other events.

The debut of the Atlanta Afropunk Fest in Atlanta is off.

”Site operations and build have been greatly impeded due to heavy rains throughout the week, with more inclement weather in the forecast for the next several days,” organizers said in a statement announcing the cancellation.

About 10,000 people were expected to attend the two-day festival in Atlanta's Central Park.

And Flux Night, one of Atlanta's biggest annual outdoor arts events, was postponed and will be rescheduled.

Football fans, music lovers and everyone else who ventures outside stands to get more than a little wet the next couple of days. Scattered showers are expected to rule at least through Saturday, with high temperatures dropping to the more fall-like mid-60s on Friday and continuing into the weekend.