If you’ve been in the tri-state area this winter (the NJ, NY, CT one, not the fake one with PA thrown in there), you’ve probably noticed that it’s snowing. Because it’s snowed pretty consistently this season since, well, before the season even began. This has prompted every single news outlet on Earth to run pieces documenting the possibility of a snowy Super Bowl, and, to a worse extent, no Super Bowl at all. Well, sort of…
[Weather.com] According to NFL Executive Vice President Eric Grubman, the game could be played any day from Friday, January 31 to Monday, February 3, in case of a major winter storm. According to Grubman, there would need to be 36 hours lead time to move the game to a different day.
An actual time change, which seems much more likely, would require 24 hours notice. So what could cause the game to be pushed back (or moved up) in Fox’s schedule? Volcanoes, or heavy precipitation (duh) — both of which aren’t something to bet on as of now.
[Weather.com] To be clear, we are not anticipating a major storm with heavy precipitation to affect the Northeast on Super Bowl weekend. However, we are expecting a frontal system to slide into the Northeast Saturday, possibly lingering into Super Bowl Sunday. With colder air retreating, all precipitation types, from snow, to sleet, freezing rain, even rain, are on the table with this system. While most of our guidance suggests most of this precipitation may fall Saturday into the early part of Super Bowl Sunday, we still can’t rule out any lingering precipitation during the game itself.
But it won’t take very much snow to change the game drastically. Considering that Groundhogs day at Newark Airport (when the Super Bowl is being played, not where) has seen snow fall three out of the last five years on that date. Also, the last time the NFL Championship game was played in New York (Yankee Stadium in 1962) set a record for cold on that date (5ºF) with winds speeds around 25 mph. That kind of scenario seems vastly more probably for Super Bowl XLVIII, and in a way, could affect things more than a little bit of precipitation at normal seasonal temperatures.
We’ll just have to wait and see what mother nature has in store for Peyton and Russell Wilson — though one thing is for sure, whatever happens, it’s not going to help offenses.
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