The latest weather forecast for Super Bowl XLVIII has been released and it’s bad news for those hoping for balmy weather and comfortable playing conditions. Weather.com currently projects a high of 36 degrees for February 2 in East Rutherford, with a 30 percent chance of snow.
Snow showers are possible during the game, which will kick off at 6:30 p.m. ET, and at that time of the evening, the temperatures are expected to be in the 20s. Wind is not currently expected to be a factor, as it is projected to be blowing at about eight miles per hour.
All of this is just a projection for now. We’re 10 days away from the big game and things could certainly change. There is plenty of time for a winter storm to kick up and wreak havoc on the area, or for an unseasonably warm front to move through.
Right now I’m betting on the current projection being fairly accurate. I expect a cold day with the possibility of some snow. I also expect this to be the last time the NFL decides to hold a Super Bowl outdoors in a cold-weather climate.
A cold, nasty day almost always favors the team that relies more heavily on defense, which means the Seattle Seahawks have to be happy about the current projections. Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos had better be ready to deal with the frigid temperatures.
January 30 Update: It appears potential conditions for the game have been upgraded slightly.