What a difference a week makes.
A week ago, Iowa City enjoyed perfect fall weather as it hosted the best weekend ever for Iowa sports -- temperatures were mild all day Saturday as Kinnick Stadium hosted Grapple on the Gridiron during the day (under clear skies and bright sunlight) and Iowa-Minnesota football in the evening. The weather tomorrow looks just a little bit different:
The forecast all week has called for snow this weekend, which has had us thinking back to another memorable game played in snow conditions, the 1991 Iowa vs Minnesota snow game -- aka, the Danan Hughes Snow Angel game.
KCRG has a full highlight package from that game available and it makes for a fun watch:
Flashback: Hawkeyes beat Gophers in classic 1991 "Snow Game"
The undefeated Hawkeyes will likely face a snowy game day tomorrow. The last time the Hawkeyes played in the snow at Kinnick was Nov. 23, 1991. That game, Danan Hughes made snow angels in the endzone, and Iowa Governor Terry Branstad helped Hayden Fry celebrate a major milestone. bit.ly/1PRqNZGPosted by KCRG-TV9 on Friday, November 20, 2015
A reprise of those conditions could be a lot of fun as Iowa tries to defeat Purdue on Senior Day and clinch a Big Ten West divisional crown. Alas, the current forecast isn't the most encouraging for a SnowClasico against Our Most Hated Rival:
It looks like the snow will be over by the time the 11 am kickoff rolls around. Depending on when the snow lets up overnight, the field will likely be pretty well clear of snow too for the game. Sigh. Snow or not, though, it's going to be very cold during the game -- that "feels like" temperature is at 15 and dropping throughout the game -- so be sure to bundle up if you're heading to Kinnick tomorrow.
UPDATE: Yeah, it snowed. And it's frigid.
Snow plows clearing the frozen tundra for Purdue at Iowa pic.twitter.com/DRVqCRhoRU— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) November 21, 2015
There's a game here today. pic.twitter.com/jKDkzQEKNQ— Chad Leistikow (@ChadLeistikow) November 21, 2015
Nile Kinnick Stadium, 8:30 am. pic.twitter.com/E14snBZ7Ic— Rick Brown (@ByRickBrown) November 21, 2015
Morehouse took some Periscope video from the seats, which are buried.
Snowplow races. pic.twitter.com/MA5Q4fsx6o— Rick Brown (@ByRickBrown) November 21, 2015
FYI: If forecast holds, tomorrow's game at Kinnick Stadium will be the coldest ever. Place has been around since 1929...— LukeMeredith (@LukeMeredithAP) November 20, 2015
Tailgating next to Kinnick at 9:25 a.m. pic.twitter.com/yEYdn2OsvY— Mike Hlas (@Hlas) November 21, 2015
And if you ever wondered how to remove nine inches of snow from a football stadium, here's the time lapse video:
Yes, that's a Tiger Hawk plowed onto the field at 1:41.