NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The possibility of a “major” weather event appears to be diminishing, but there’s still a chance snow could make an appearance during Super Bowl XLVIII.
CBS 2 weatherman Lonnie Quinn told WFAN radio’s Mike Francesa on Thursday that there’s been an adjustment to one model’s suggestion of a big snowstorm for the Tri-State area “within 48 hours” of kickoff.
Quinn said the model now shows something much less significant in terms of impact on the area on game day. But the threat of some snow is there, and it could start coming down while Denver and Seattle are duking it out for the Lombardi Trophy.
On Friday we started getting our first official forecasts for Feb. 2.
Weather.com’s 10-day outlook calls for a high of 35 degrees and a low of 25 with a 30 percent chance of snow. Accuweather (high-low of 36-26) says snow showers are “possible” for East Rutherford, N.J.
League and Super Bowl officials have mentioned contingency plans for extreme weather that include moving the big game to Saturday or even Monday or Tuesday. But that would be a last resort.
Commissioner Roger Goodell, who plans to sit outside in the stands, admitted earlier this week that he hasn’t checked the forecast for the NFL’s first open-air Super Bowl in a cold-weather city.
“One is, I’m not sure how reliable forecasts are this far out,” Goodell told the New York Daily News. “And two is, we have a whole group of people that are getting the best information, have the right team together, to make sure we have appropriate information at the right time. There’s nothing I can do about that. Our team has been working to be prepared for all alternatives and I’m confident they will be.”
Eric Grubman, the NFL’s executive vice president of business operations, told CBS Sports Radio that the league is prepared to handle whatever may come.
“I’m not an oddsmaker and I’m definitely not a meteorologist, but I would say that there’s a lot of weather we can handle that would let us play at 6:30,” Grubman said. “And you just need to look at the 256 regular-season games and the playoff games and count up how many of them were played in adverse weather.
“These players, in their careers and probably this year, have played in rain, wind, cold, snow. You got just about everything – earth, wind and fire – and these guys have played (in it). So I’m confident they’ll be ready, and I’m confident our fans will be ready.”
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