NFL Monitoring Browns vs. Bills Forecast with 3-6 Feet of Snow Expected in Buffalo

Mike Chiari@@mikechiariFeatured Columnist IVNovember 17, 2022

ORCHARD PARK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 30: General view of the stadium before the game between the Buffalo Bills and Green Bay Packers at Highmark Stadium on October 30, 2022 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Joshua Bessex/Getty Images)
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The NFL has reportedly been in communication with the Buffalo Bills and Cleveland Browns about the possibility of moving Sunday's game out of Buffalo because of a looming snowstorm.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Buffalo area is bracing for between three and six feet of snow from Thursday to Sunday, which could lead the league to weigh other options.

Colin McCarthy of MyRadar Weather noted that one model is projecting 70 inches of snow "just south of Buffalo" over the course of 24 hours:

Colin McCarthy @US_Stormwatch

The newest HRRR model run has 70 inches of snow falling in less than 24 hours just south of Buffalo, NY.<br><br>This is shaping up to be potentially one of the most extreme snowstorms in US history. <a href="https://t.co/PDP0bA4pzc">pic.twitter.com/PDP0bA4pzc</a>

Snow has not forced a game to be moved since 2014 when a scheduled game between the Bills and New York Jets was moved from Buffalo to Ford Field in Detroit.

Moving the game back a day is not an option for the Bills since they play the Detroit Lions next week on Thanksgiving, although Ford Field will be available this Sunday if need be.

Cleveland.com's Mary Kay Cabot reported the NFL is considering "several" locations for the game if it needs to be moved. Cabot also noted that a decision on whether to move the game will likely have to be made Friday.

AccuWeather paints a different and less extreme picture of how much snowfall is expected in the Buffalo area.

From Thursday night until early Monday morning, AccuWeather projects a 40 percent chance of between three and four feet of snow. There is a 38 percent chance of between two and three feet and a 19 percent chance of fewer than two feet.

AccuWeather projects just a 2 percent chance of four to five feet and a 1 percent chance of more than five feet.

Additionally, AccuWeather only projects about one inch of snow during the day Sunday, meaning there may be plenty of time for proper snow removal prior to the game if projections are correct.

Regardless of the snowfall, weather is likely to have an impact on Sunday's game if it remains in the Buffalo suburb of Orchard Park, as AccuWeather forecasts 22 mph winds.

The game could feature a healthy dose of running the ball. That would seemingly favor the Browns, who are fifth in the NFL in rushing yards per game thanks largely to running back Nick Chubb, who has rushed for 904 yards and an NFL-leading 11 touchdowns.

Bills quarterback Josh Allen has shown he can throw effectively in less-than-ideal conditions, however, meaning Buffalo may not have to deviate too far from its normal game plan.

No matter where the game is played, the 6-3 Bills are in dire need of a win, as they are looking to snap a two-game losing streak when they take on the 3-6 Browns.