First time Superbowl is in outdoor stadium

First time Superbowl is in outdoor stadium
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Weather Talk
Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 5:07pm

Will the weather mess up the big game?

The Super Bowl this year will take place during the time of year famous for East Coast snowstorms, including 2013's Winter Storm Nemo.

Can you believe Super Bowl XLVIII will be the first outdoor Super Bowl ever to be held in a cold-weather city, hosted at Met Life Stadium in the New Jersey Meadowlands?

This is not only interesting news for football fanatics but for meteorologists as well. Why?

An Arctic cold front will sweep through Monday, sending temperatures plumeting down.

Highs Tuesday in northern New Jersey is forecasted to not rise out of the teens, and may barely rise into the low 20s on Wednesday.

We will be seeing persistent west to northwest winds produce wind chills in the single digits on Tuesday. And those morning lows for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will likely be in the single digits.

We're still a week away from Super Bowl Sunday, so it is not possible to confidently predict specifics, such as snow, wind, and temperature for the game at this time. It's still too early.

But we can guess a little of what MIGHT happen.

As the artic air sweeps through the region this workweek, it appears, the freezing cold will warm up just a bit by the weekend as the air leaves the area.

Instead of daily highs in the teens and 20s, 30s or even perhaps low 40s will be possible for the big weekend, closer to average for early February.

BUT, there are still other factors at play. Because the cold air will be leaving by the weekend, this only means, the chances of moisture coming back to the area is high.

There is a frontal system expected to slide into the Northeast Saturday, potentially lingering into Super Bowl Sunday.

Although a major storm system is ruled out, snow, sleet and freezing rain are not.

Quick Fact: February is the snowiest month, on average, in Newark (9.5 inches).

So here is our predicted forecast, if the weather allows, there will be many more outdoor Super Bowl games to come, but if there are unfavorable weather conditions, this may be the first and last out door Super Bowl game for a long time.

And as Jon Erdman, senior Meteorologist for the Weather Channel, puts it "while most fans will be on the edge of their seats for three to four hours on Super Bowl Sunday, many meteorologists will remain on the edge of their seats into next week as the forecast details for this historic Super Bowl become clearer."

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