Bundle Up Penn State Fans: It's Going To Be a Cold Homecoming in Happy Valley

Megan KlockContributor IOctober 15, 2009

Every Penn State fan can recall a time when they stood through a game in the brutally cold weather in Beaver Stadium.  Well prepare yourselves for this weekend’s game fans, because the weather forecast is looking quite chilly.

According to weather.com, the temperatures for this weekend will drop into the 30s, just above freezing.  If that isn’t disappointing enough, Friday’s forecast calls for rain and snow, with an 80 percent chance of precipitation.  Saturday calls for a high of 36 degrees with a 30 percent chance of precipitation. 

After barely enduring the weather during the Iowa night game a few weekends ago, the last thing that many fans want to deal with this weekend is any form of rain or precipitation.

The weather in State College is known to change drastically, especially the temperature.  One of the biggest issues on campus in the past couple of weeks has been the increasing amount of students that have become ill.  I can vouch for this myself after coming down with a fever and severe cold symptoms after being outside last weekend. 

The number of absences and empty seats in a lot of classes has been alarming and somewhat scary with the very contagious flu that’s been going around.  It seems like every person I walk by on campus is coughing, sneezing, or just looks downright miserable.

The University has taken the swine flu outbreak pretty seriously, and has encouraged all students who have flu like symptoms to not attend class and seek out immediate medical attention.  They have even advised that some students leave campus and go home if they suspect that they have swine flu. 

With this upcoming weekend being homecoming, many students are all the more excited for the game against Minnesota.  Although the weather will most likely be miserable and wintry, I guarantee that it won’t hold back most students from tailgating and enjoying their homecoming weekend.

So a word of advice to the fans that are planning on attending Saturday’s homecoming game: Dress very warmly and be prepared for another bitter day in Happy Valley.  If you’re feeling sick or already are, be very careful while spending time outside this weekend around other people.

This flu is spreading very quickly, and the last thing you want is to end up bedridden after the game.  So plan to layer up and expect for the worse.  After all it is State College, and every Penn Stater knows that the arctic weather we will have for probably the next six months is right around the corner.

With that being said, try to stay warm and keep that immune system healthy.

Have a fun homecoming weekend and let's go State!