Temperatures will be at or near freezing by kickoff for the Super Bowl on Sunday, but there should be little chance for snow or ice in East Rutherford, N.J. – all according to the Weather Channel as of Tuesday.
Weather has been a big concern for the National Football League's first cold-weather Super Bowl game. The game time temperature is expected to eclipse the Super Bowl record of 39 degrees for Super Bowl VI in New Orleans on Jan. 16, 1972, according to The Associated Press
The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Miami Dolphins 24-3 when the game was played in Tulane Stadium before the Superdome was built, according to NFL.com
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This year's Super Bowl will feature two cold weather teams, the Denver Broncos from the AFC and the Seattle Seahawks from the NFC.
The New Jersey/New York area will likely catch a break from the worst of the weather in this harsher than usual winter, according to the Weather Channel.
On Saturday, the Weather Channel
is predicting a warm front to lift northward through northern New Jersey with light snow early in the day, changing to light rain later. The Weather Channel noted that the weather could cause flight delays for late arrivals to the game.
On game day Sunday, the Weather Channel is predicting clearing skies and possible leftover snow flurries in the morning, which should all be done well before game time. In short, forecasters are predicting a typical February day in New Jersey.
Weather Channel forecasters say that temperatures should be in the 30s at kickoff and drop into the upper 20s by game's end with diminishing wind with no snow or rain expected.
National Weather Service meteorologist Anthony Gigi told the AP on Monday that Sunday's high for the area could reach 39 with a low of 27, which is average for the area.
The NFL does have a contingency plan to move the date of the Super Bowl to a day earlier or later if the weather unexpectedly turns bad
The move would have precedent. The Weather Channel stated that Sunday night game between the Minnesota Vikings and Philadelphia Eagles in December 2010 was moved to Tuesday night because of a post-Christmas snowstorm.
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