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First weather forecast is in for Super Sunday


The window of the 10-day forecasts finally has encompassed February 2.

In most years, it’s Groundhog Day.  This year, it’s also Super Sunday — with the game to be played in conditions that could be bad enough to keep Punxsutawney Phil indoors.

According to, the newly-released February 2 forecast calls for a high of 35, a low of 25, and a 30-percent chance of snow.  Also, winds will be manageable, at only eight miles per hour.

At, the high and the low are one degree higher, with a note that snow showers are “possible.”

The best news is that, for now, the forecast doesn’t include the kind of storm that could prompt the NFL to change the date or time of the game.  As NFL senior executive Eric Grubman recently explained it, the league would move the time of the game with at least 24 hours of advance notice.  The date of the game would change only with 36 hours of advance notice.  Ideally, the league would prefer 72 hours — three full days — to move the game.

The league previously has said that the contingency plans include moving the game to Saturday, February 1, Monday, February 3, or Tuesday, February 4.  The worst-case scenario would entail bumping the game to the following weekend.

In late 2010, the NFL moved a Sunday night game between the Vikings and Eagles to Tuesday night, due to a major blizzard that hit Philadelphia.  Asked at the time whether the development made the NFL regret giving a Super Bowl to New Jersey, a league spokesman declared that the NFL is the “ultimate reality show.”

For now, the chances of an ultimate degree of reality unfolding on February 2 are slim.

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62 Responses to “First weather forecast is in for Super Sunday”
  1. abninf says: Jan 24, 2014 9:59 AM

    Football should be played in the outdoor elements.

  2. studio26seattle says: Jan 24, 2014 10:04 AM

    High of 35. Manning is hosed.

  3. wishingtonredslur says: Jan 24, 2014 10:05 AM

    This is going to be THE BEST GAME EVER. True story, you’ll see.

  4. cursedvikings1998 says: Jan 24, 2014 10:06 AM

    Roger Goodell is a moron.

  5. blowpackblow says: Jan 24, 2014 10:07 AM

    The 10 day forecast is about as accurate as a Christian Ponder 20 yard pass.

  6. ramitbaby says: Jan 24, 2014 10:08 AM

    Super Tuesday!!! Followed by a record spike in the unemployment rate come Wednesday.

  7. El Pollo Loco says: Jan 24, 2014 10:09 AM

    blizzard!!!!!please let a blizzard hit in the second quarter and not let up!!!!

  8. bucnblood says: Jan 24, 2014 10:09 AM

    Maybe I am alone but I am hoping for -10 and the worst blizzard possible just so this blows up in GODdell’s face.

  9. beecee71 says: Jan 24, 2014 10:10 AM

    I don’t understand how you can have weather as an element on every single game prior to the super bowl (non dome). Yet somehow, when it comes to the super bowl, weather shouldn’t play a factor. Let’s let everyone have to deal with something up until a point to get to a championship game, yet we’ll determine our “champion” without that something.

  10. shogunassasin30 says: Jan 24, 2014 10:10 AM

    If you have to rely on bad weather for you to have an advantage, then you probably aren’t a better football team. This game needs to be played in optimum conditions so we can see who is REALLY the better team. Too many lucky BS things can happen in bad weather.

    Reminds me of college football fans talking about an SEC team going north to play in the cold to see how they do. Why? Because you can’t beat ’em straight up when the conditions are good?

  11. truthfactory says: Jan 24, 2014 10:13 AM

    This is so stupid. I want the skill of the players to determine the Championship. I want Seattle’s defense to stop Manning, not a windy day with snow and low visibility.

    I want to see if Denver can stop Lynch, not whether or not they can handle a handoff with a slick football.

    Bad weather reduces the emphasis on football skills and shifts it to “who can hold on to a slick football, and which team wore the better cleats”. This is terrible.

  12. listenup823 says: Jan 24, 2014 10:16 AM

    Whatever the temp is, it will be at least 20 degrees warmer in and around Richard Sherman’s helmet where all the hot air will be coming from..

  13. kevjones75 says: Jan 24, 2014 10:18 AM

    That forecast favors Denver. Seattle doesn’t know what snow is. I flash back to the 2008 Divisional game at Lambeau

  14. billco6192013 says: Jan 24, 2014 10:21 AM

    all year long they play in the elements and now people are crying,why dont every stadium turn into a dome and we will then be able talk about an indoor superbowl.people are stupid.

  15. athwartships says: Jan 24, 2014 10:21 AM

    They don’t know anything…..even in the most predictible areas of this country, 48 hour forecasts are barely accurate.

    But, hey don’t let me get in the way of people losing their marbles over every mundane detail surrounding the game.

  16. fafaflunky says: Jan 24, 2014 10:22 AM

    for us living in ny..that’s a heat wave

  17. whatnojets says: Jan 24, 2014 10:23 AM

    I have been told that on that day we may expect daylight during the day time hours and a high probability of darkness during the evening hours.

    But as we all know, the meteorologist hardly ever get it right

  18. gb4mn0 says: Jan 24, 2014 10:24 AM

    So what if a little snow falls on the players and patrons? It’ll be better than when the SB is scheduled to be held in Minnysoda’s new “monument to their stupidity” and the roof caves in.

  19. tvjules says: Jan 24, 2014 10:25 AM

    This far out, they always put a great spin on the weather for big sporting events.
    As it gets closer, watch how their optimistic forecasts begin to deteriorate.

  20. dolphincritic says: Jan 24, 2014 10:26 AM

    I live in Miami. Roger Goodell has blackballed Sunlife Stadium because he had to sit in 75 degree weather while it rained during a Super Bowl a few years ago.

    I hope that a blizzard makes Tuesday’s game a bust! Everyone should come to Miami that week. You could hit South Beach, play tennis, go golfing, gamble at a real casino, deep sea fish and watch the game on a big screen poolside. Probably cheaper than New York too

  21. yooperman says: Jan 24, 2014 10:28 AM

    The two states that just legalized pot are going to the “SUPER BOWL”. Let it snow, let it snow.

  22. qdog112 says: Jan 24, 2014 10:29 AM

    Those thinking it’s ideal weather and that football was meant to be played in this type weather, never played the game. They recall playing at home as kids in the snow. Huge difference. As a kid, you could go in the house at will and get warm, get food and other comforts. You decided your own breaks.

    You didn’t have to be there and there was no 300 pound dude hunting you down under the pressure to win it all.

  23. raiderlyfe510 says: Jan 24, 2014 10:29 AM

    SeAderall cheating holding defense against Peyton Manning’s ” Star Wars” offense.

  24. jasonculhane says: Jan 24, 2014 10:34 AM

    That’s not really that cold. In Michigan its 0… Its not gonna effect the passing game that much if its not windy neither.

  25. daysend564 says: Jan 24, 2014 10:34 AM

    Superbowl should be played on Saturday anyhow.

  26. jimmyt says: Jan 24, 2014 10:35 AM

    The whole “ideal conditions” argument is stupid. Ideal conditions favor passing teams over running teams. Of course it looks like the NFL wants to make it an all passing, no touching, no kicking game so all of you “fans” screaming for “ideal conditions” are pandering to that cause. Thanks a lot. I guess we will end up with much cheaper seat less domes (can’t have home crowd noise interfering with the signal calling if we want the outcome determined by each teams talent alone now can we?) with all games being pay-per-view only and the object of the game will be to see which QB can throw the farthest. How exciting.

  27. purpleman527 says: Jan 24, 2014 10:36 AM

    I’m a Meteorologist.

    The 10 day forecast is usually unreliable.

    There is a storm trying to form in the Mid Atlantic/Northeast region.

    There will be a snowstorm that weekend. The question is which area gets the snow. Is it northern PA and northern NY or does it go through Philly and NYC?

    Keep an eye on it.

  28. jbaxt says: Jan 24, 2014 10:40 AM

    The weather favors Denver? Ya, near freezing temps you’re going to take Moreno over Lynch? Little passing due to coldness you’re taking the legs of Peyton over Wilson? And have you seen Denver’s defense this year? Lucky for Denver Brady play his worst game of the year last week.

    If the temps are below 20, they will change the game so Peypey doesn’t get exposed.

  29. tdshouldbeinthehall says: Jan 24, 2014 10:40 AM

    Weather will not be a factor in this game no matter what it is and when it’s all said and done Manning will have won the big game, in cold weather and on the way kicked the spit out of Brady. WHAT!

  30. praetorian12 says: Jan 24, 2014 10:45 AM

    History demonstrates that 1) cold weather championship games are usually epic games (1962 NFL Championship in Yankee Stadium, the Ice Bowl, the “Greatest game ever played” with Colts/Giants); 2) in foul weather games, it usually the team that can PASS the best in the elements that wins.

  31. bigdinla says: Jan 24, 2014 10:46 AM

    Some of y’all are just ridiculous. The concern over the weather inform the fans not the players. NFL does not want to subject it’s wealthy Super Bowl sponsors to freezing cold. They only care about the money.

  32. thefiesty1 says: Jan 24, 2014 10:46 AM

    Forecast made by the weather station are basically WAG. You know, wild ass guess. Move the game to a dome or to swarm weather site. NY/NJ don’t deserve a game of this magnitude.

  33. cospgsmadman says: Jan 24, 2014 10:48 AM

    Is Roger Goodell going to be sitting outside? Probably not, he will be sitting inside a cushy luxury box. I am all for NFL playing in the elements but not for the biggest game of the year.

  34. azvikefan says: Jan 24, 2014 10:54 AM

    I think Bill Simmons said it a few years ago, and I concur. The Super Bowl should rotate between Miami, New Orleans, Phoenix and San Diego.
    Only those four cities.

  35. thelastpieceofcheese says: Jan 24, 2014 11:02 AM

    The Superbowl winner will be declared Arctic World Champ!

  36. beachsidejames says: Jan 24, 2014 11:06 AM

    Florida is looking like a better choice now.

  37. trollhammer20 says: Jan 24, 2014 11:14 AM

    How wonderful for those middle class fans who are spending thousands of dollars on tickets and travel for a once-in-a-lifetime experience that the NFL might decide to move the game a day or three and cost them even more money and lost work time.

  38. eagles512 says: Jan 24, 2014 11:17 AM

    Football should be played in the cold.

  39. gbmickey says: Jan 24, 2014 11:29 AM

    Seriously does the whining ever stop as well as the beating of this subject to death? No matter what conditions they play in which includes a dome will favor a team over another. All games all year are played in wind, rain , snow, etc. why not a Super Bowl? Each city should be given an opportunity to host. Any true football fan could care less about the weather. Who doesn’t like a snow or rain and mud game. This unexpectedness of conditions is what makes NFL very unique and has some of the most memorable games.

  40. rcali says: Jan 24, 2014 11:30 AM

    Don’t worry everyone, just enjoy the Super Bowl while it’s still in the United States. With God Dell selling out to the highest bidder, expect the game to eventually be played in the backyard of some rich oil sheik in the Middle East.

  41. steelerben says: Jan 24, 2014 11:30 AM

    I’m actually looking forward to a game where there may be some snow. Did everyone already forget how great the games were a few weeks ago with that big storm? A Super Bowl with a little bit of weather will only add to it, not detract from it, unless it is so heavy that the cameras can not record the game.

    Manning throws a majority of his passes short, so as long as the wind isn’t crazy a little snow won’t matter. The Seahawks are run dominant and rely on defense.

    Both teams will be able to keep doing what they do with an interesting and unusual backdrop. And if you paid $4000 to freeze to your seat? Well, you can clearly afford a good coat.

  42. electricboogalo says: Jan 24, 2014 11:32 AM

    Who cares about the forecast in NY for the superbowl? More importantly, what’s the forecast in Hawaii for the pro bowl?

  43. squared80 says: Jan 24, 2014 11:35 AM

    Heat wave! Good thing it’s not in the Twin Cities. High of -20. For a HIGH!

  44. getyourownname says: Jan 24, 2014 11:45 AM

    It was fun watching the Balt-Minn game in the snow, with 5 scores the final 2 minutes, mostly because defenders could not hold their feet and react to cuts by runners or ST blocks.

    But IMO that would have been terrible way to determine a year-long drive to a championship.

  45. rogstew2 says: Jan 24, 2014 11:50 AM

    Foootbal in the snow?

    Can’t be done.

  46. dexterismyhero says: Jan 24, 2014 11:53 AM

    Are they going to zip line the fans in?

  47. kingpel says: Jan 24, 2014 12:14 PM

    I am much more concerned about the officials than I am the weather.

  48. glac1 says: Jan 24, 2014 12:24 PM

    below 50 means an easy win for Seattle!

  49. cbosa says: Jan 24, 2014 12:25 PM

    I like how they say “SNOW” when it’s snow showers that will accumulate to nothing from what I have read so far from, man anything to give this Super Bowl a bad name. Oh sorry billionaires you have to spend the whole game out in the cold. Geez I wish I could go to a Super Bowl no matter where in the u.s they are playing it.

  50. outlaw53 says: Jan 24, 2014 12:41 PM

    I attended last year’s SB game in New Orleans and had a great time…all week. 75 degrees outside, plenty for me and the family to do, and a great game that we could all actually see. Even though the stadium experienced that unprecedented electrical outage….the game was still great, and everyone ( rooting for either team ) had a superior time on game day. Now Roger expects us to sit in 25 degree snow flurry conditions with teeth chattering and “enjoy” this game? I decided against it, sold my tickets while I could, and cancelled my hotel and air fare before I was penalized. I’ll watch it all on big screen TV…and save my $5000 to spend on my motorcycle.

  51. guitarkevin says: Jan 24, 2014 12:49 PM

    Perfect football conditions. Its time to give the Super Bowl back to REAL fans.

  52. footballfan58 says: Jan 24, 2014 12:54 PM

    I am chuckling at these articles and fans comments. All the whining about sitting outside in New Jersey for the Super Bowl is hilarious.

    If you can afford the ticket – enjoy the game! Wear your long underware! Live in the moment and watch a great game to see who is better at overcoming the elements!

    My favorite memories are when my sons played football (yes, it was only high school football) in the rain, snow and mud. And, guess what: It was their favorite times playing football!


  53. blackbug99 says: Jan 24, 2014 12:57 PM

    It’s a made for TV farce. NYC wanted a football game. Sure they can play in the cold. But, do you think any other cold, open stadium would get a go at one? It’s not like a working guy can afford a ticket. So we’ll have the big guys in the sky boxes partying in NYC after the game. A saving grace is that none of New Jersey’s teams are in it :)!

  54. captaincanoe says: Jan 24, 2014 1:05 PM

    Al Gore says that if it snows on a Super Bowl game that it is just more evidence of global warming.

  55. 7mantel says: Jan 24, 2014 1:24 PM

    All those guys crying about theSuper Bowl being played outside are making me laugh ! I grew up with the Football Championship Game played out side.It’s not arena football ,it’s the NFL! So pull your skirts up stop complaining !

  56. kingpel says: Jan 24, 2014 1:50 PM

    outlaw53 says: Jan 24, 2014 12:41 PM

    “I decided against it, sold my tickets”

    Just because you didn’t want to go there is still a market of people who do. That is why you were able to sell your ticket. Quit crying.

  57. frostymugobeer says: Jan 24, 2014 2:24 PM


    knowshon has almost identical #’s as Marshawn….look it up.

    the Broncos have a better run game (and run D) than most people realize.
    this game will likely come down to who has a better day passing and that favors Manning .
    35* degrees or 70.

    sorry to those of you who are trying to find a way to give the edge to seattle….the Broncos will win the SB as long as they don’t get stupid with the ball.

  58. bkg63 says: Jan 24, 2014 3:01 PM

    Come on Artic Express! I want a Super (Snow) Bowl!

  59. propertyofthebroncos says: Jan 24, 2014 5:04 PM

    I love how everyone counts Manning out on cold weather. Maybe you guys missed the games where he played great and we won in under 20 degrees? I don’t expect us to blow the Seahawks out, I’m realistic. But I do think we have the edge and expect to win 🙂

  60. remyje says: Jan 24, 2014 9:12 PM

    I hope the game is moved to Saturday lol

  61. cursedvikings1998 says: Jan 25, 2014 6:39 AM

    Soon Roger GODdell will be holding the Super Bowl in London, his favorite city.

  62. whyalwaysthehate says: Jan 25, 2014 1:36 PM

    So, 70% chance of clear skies. Why all the talk of contingency plans with odds like this?

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