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Super Bowl Weather 2014: Breaking Down Latest Forecast for Seahawks vs. Broncos

Jan 22, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; A general view as stadium workers clean snow from the field and stands during the Super Bowl XLVIII stadium preparations press conference at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
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Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IJanuary 30, 2014

With Super Bowl XLVIII set to be played outdoors at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J, where the average high temperature on Feb. 2 is 39 degrees Fahrenheit and the average low 20 F, much of the pregame talk has centered on the weather. 

Snow has swept across the New York metropolitan region on several occasions during the two-week period leading up to the big game, but isn't expected to make an appearance on game day.

As of Thursday, Jan. 30, the forecast calls for chilly temperatures and moderate winds, otherwise known as typical East Coast winter weather. 

With kickoff of Seahawks-Broncos fast approaching, let's take a closer look at how the forecast is shaping up for Super Sunday. 

*Weather forecast information courtesy of Weather.com.

 

When: Sunday, Feb. 2 at 6:30 p.m. ET

Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.

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Spread: Denver (-3), according to Bovada.lv.

 

Will it Snow? 

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 22:  MetLife Stadium, which will host Superbowl XLVIII next month, is seen on January 22, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. In what is being called the first ever 'cold weather superbowl,' the Denver Broncos and Seattle Se
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The question on everyone's mind ahead of Feb. 2: Will it snow? 

At the moment, the answer would appear to be no. According to Weather.com, there's only a 10 percent chance of precipitation in East Rutherford on Sunday, Feb. 2. Not to mention, with high temperatures projected to be in the mid-40s, any precipitation would likely result in rain, not snow.

Credit: Weather.com

Although Mother Nature can be unpredictable at times, it's safe to say Super Bowl XLVIII will be played under clear conditions as opposed to a winter wonderland. 

 

Projected Conditions

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 28:  MetLife Stadium stands ahead of Super Bowl XLVIII on January 28, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  Helicopters flown by 'air interdiction agents' from the U.S. Office of Air and Marine (OAM), are providing air suppor
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While the Seahawks and Broncos won't be fortunate enough to play in 70-degree weather under sunny skies, they also won't have to battle too many elements.

As already mentioned, the forecast calls for clouds and temperatures anywhere from 26-46 degrees. And with winds projected at speeds of just 6-8 mph, it's unlikely that the conditions will favor any one particular style, player or team on Sunday.

Still, many have been critical of the NFL for awarding the big game to a cold weather city, including former Chicago Bears coaching legend Mike Ditka, per "The Mully and Hanley Show" via CBS Chicago:

I can be criticized, that’s fine. I think these games should be played in Miami, San Diego, Santa Clara...Arizona, maybe New Orleans because it’s a dome.

The World Series wouldn’t be played in inclement weather. That’s all I’m saying...You say, 'It’s cold, it’s the way football was meant to be.' Yeah, it was meant to be that way – I played that way 50 years ago. But now it’s different. Let’s make it right for the fans, for the sponsors and for the players.

Others, like ESPN's Mike Greenberg don't mind the risky move: 

Yes, there's a case to be made for both arguments, but like it or not, the game will be played outside in the cold. 

Sunset will be around 5:15 p.m. ET or roughly an hour before kickoff. That means temperatures are likely to drop steadily as the game goes on. But with a low temperature of 26 F in the forecast, don't expect the big game to turn into the Ice Bowl by the second half. 

Although the chilly temperatures will annoy many, the ideal conditions for East Rutherford this time of year mean that there'll be no excuses for either side.  

 

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