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Rain expected this weekend could put damper on Husker-UCLA game, Corporate Cup

Rain expected this weekend could put damper on Husker-UCLA game, Corporate Cup

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Much-needed rain is expected to dampen some weekend activities, notably the Omaha Corporate Cup and possibly the Nebraska-UCLA football game.

Josh Boustead, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said there's a slight chance of rain Saturday before and during the game.

It wouldn't hurt, he said, to bring some rain gear, but fans could very well dodge any rainfall.

Skies are likely to be cloudy, he said, with temperatures expected to be in the mid-60s at the 11 a.m. start of the game and rising to the mid-70s by game's end.

Conditions are likely to change overnight, however. Boustead said the chance for rain and storms picks up after midnight Saturday. With a storm front likely to move through Omaha about 6 a.m. or 7 a.m., there's a good chance that Corporate Cup participants will get wet, he said.

The weather service pegs the odds of rain Saturday night at 60 percent and Sunday at 40 percent. The chance of rain lingers into next week.

Lisa Sypal of the American Lung Association said the Corporate Cup will be held rain or shine. If lightning is a problem, the race will be delayed, she said. The run begins at 8 a.m., and any weather-related announcements will be made onsite at Aksarben Village beginning at 6:30 a.m.

About 10,000 people are expected to participate in the Corporate Cup.

Boustead said Sunday's rain is likely to come in the form of light or steady showers, with only a few scattered storm cells. Rainfall amounts are forecast in the 1/3-to-1/2-inch range, though some areas could see more.

The rain will be good news for those who have planted grass seed or fall vegetable gardens.

People who have yet to seed their yards should do so this weekend, preferably before the rain comes. Grass planted after this weekend may not have enough time to get established before winter, according to turf grass experts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

If your trees and shrubs are in need of a good soaking, wait until immediately after the rain and then water, assuming your yard gets less than an inch of rain. The moist soil will more efficiently soak up the water you put down. Trees and shrubs need an inch of water a week until the ground freezes.

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