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Get out your purple poncho; Frog fans could see heavy rain

Frog fans may be to tested Saturday on their amphibious game-watching skills.

Outer bands of Hurricane Ike are expected to edge into Tarrant County around noon, which is kickoff time for the TCU-Stanford game at Amon G. Carter Stadium.

The game was originally scheduled for 6 p.m., but the severe weather forecast prompted officials to push game time up by six hours.

The storm is expected to hit the middle Texas Gulf Coast at midnight and then rapidly move north through east Texas. Forecasters had earlier predicted it would arrive during the early-morning hours Saturday.

"By noon tomorrow the winds will be up here, especially since the timing of landfall moving up a couple hours," said Jennifer Dunn, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.

Wind speeds could eventually reach 40 mph, with some isolated gusts of 60 mph, Dunn said.

Rain, she added, could arrive some time during the game.

The storm's track on Friday was projected to roll through East Texas Saturday, and weaken to a tropical storm along the way. But the Dallas-Fort Worth area was expected to receive 2-to-3 inches of rain Saturday afternoon.

As much as 4-6 inches were earlier predicted for the Metroplex, but weather service officials slightly adjusted rain predictions for Tarrant County when they saw the storm's track shifting to the east.

But with at least 2 inches of rain expected Saturday, umbrellas, rain suits or ponchos will probably be a common sight as the Frogs take on Stanford.

It remains to be seen, however, how many of them will be purple.

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