More bad weather ahead for Panthers next week

The Carolina Panthers shouldn’t expect much of an improvement in the weather next week for their NFC divisional round playoff game.

After beating the Arizona Cardinals 27-16 Saturday at rain-soaked Bank of America Stadium, the Panthers will face either the defending NFL champion Seattle Seahawks or the Green Bay Packers in the second round next week.

The Panthers’ opponent and the day of the game – either Saturday or Sunday – won’t be decided until Sunday. If the game is in Seattle, it will be played Saturday night. If it is in Green Bay, it will be Sunday afternoon.

But the forecast for both Seattle and Green Bay is not pleasant.

As might be expected, cold weather is forecast for Green Bay. But it won’t be as cold as midweek, when Green Bay is expected to have a morning low of minus-15 degrees Wednesday.

Long-range forecasts from the National Weather Service, Accu-Weather and the Weather Channel indicate Sunday will bring cloudy skies and temperatures almost balmy by Green Bay winter standards, with highs in the mid 20s.

Seattle has a reputation for being a rainy city, and that will be the case next weekend, according to forecasters.

Intermittent rain and breezy conditions are forecast for Saturday night. The temperatures will be better in Seattle than in Wisconsin, as you might expect, with highs in the low 50s. Those conditions would be nearly the same as those the Panthers experienced Saturday evening in Charlotte.

The consensus forecast for each city:

Green Bay – Sunday, cloudy with highs in the mid 20s.

Seattle – Saturday night, intermittent rain and breezy, with highs in the low 50s.