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Forecasts Say Super Bowl XLVIII Shaping Up To Be Mostly Ordinary

Super Bowl XLVIII

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The weather forecast for the first Super Bowl in an outdoor stadium in a cold-weather city is nothing out of the ordinary.

National Weather Service meteorologist Anthony Gigi said Monday the forecast for Sunday’s NFL title game at MetLife Stadium calls for temperatures to reach a high of 39 with a low of 27, which is average for the area. There is little threat of precipitation.

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Gigi, who is based in Mount Holly, said a system is expected to pass through the region on Saturday night with the potential for a mixture of snow and rain.

Since the Jets and Giants were awarded the Super Bowl in May 2010, there have been fears that a huge snowstorm would affect the game. The league and state officials have contingency plans for that scenario, including moving the game to Friday, Saturday or Monday, or changing the scheduled 6:25 p.m. starting time on Sunday.

CBS 2 weatherman Lonnie Quinn said a lot will depend on the timing and placement of an incoming low-pressure system.

“It’s like Mother Nature is a football fan,” Quinn said on Monday night’s newscast.

The coldest kickoff temperature in Super Bowl history was 39 degrees at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans for Super Bowl VI, when Dallas beat Miami 24-3.

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