Fox: "To be a championship football team, you have to be weather-proof."— MileHighReport (@MileHighReport) January 26, 2014
Super Bowl XLVIII will be the first Super Bowl to be played outdoors in a cold weather environment. The game will take place at MetLife Stadium - the home stadium of the New York Giants and New York Jets - in East Rutherford New Jersey.
Since there's some controversy about whether or not a Super Bowl should be held outside in a cold weather environment, the forecast for this game will be closely watched. So since we're a week away from the Super Bowl, lets take a look at the current forecast.
Not a bad looking forecast if you ask me. A low of 27 degrees, with only a 30% chance of Rain/Snow. Also the winds wouldn't be a factor with winds at 5 mph. Things could be much much worse in New Jersey in early February.
Weather.com has a cool article on the potential weather scenarios for the Super Bowl. Here's their two main weather stories that they're focusing on.
- Not as cold: Just in time, it appears the frigid cold from earlier in the week will relent. Instead of daily highs in the teens and 20s, it appears 30s or even perhaps low 40s will be in play for the big weekend, closer to average for early February.
- Snow, freezing rain, or rain?: 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, potentially stalling out 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 the majority of our guidance suggests most of this precipitation may fall Saturday into early Sunday, we still can't rule out any lingering precipitation during the game itself.
The NFL seems to have dodged a bullet here with this current weather forecast. We're still a week away until kick off so there's plenty of time for this forecast to change.
Either way the Broncos will be prepared to go out and dominate no matter the weather conditions. Also as MHR's own Bronco Mike pointed out, the narrative that Peyton Manning cannot play in the cold is nothing more then a myth. So the cold will not effect Manning next weekend.
How do you think Peyton Manning and the Broncos will handle the cold and possibly snowy/rainy Super Bowl weather?