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Possible Snow Bowl?

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East Rutherford, New Jersey (My9NJ) - Ever since it was announced that the upcoming Super Bowl would be in New Jersey at the MetLife Stadium, there has been speculation about what kind of weather conditions the teams will be enduring.

This is the first ever, cold weather, outdoor Super Bowl in history and many people are concerned about how Mother Nature may affect the players and the outcome of the game.

In an attempt to calm public concern, the NFL has addressed this matter stating that they are fully prepared for freezing temperatures and snow with equipment like plows and ice melters.

In addition, the NFL does have a contingency plan where they are willing to even move the game to the Saturday before or the Monday after based on just how bad the weather may be.

New Jersey state climatologist David Robinson chimed in to talk about whether or not game-goers can expect a Super Bowl blizzard this February.

“It would be unlikely, what we’ve done here is looked at climatologic odds, we are not making a weather forecast for February 2, 2014. Climatologists look at the longer term; they don’t look at the day to day weather in terms of forecast potential. Meteorologists are concerned with what’s going to happen for the next week or two, climatologists will look at the longer term, past, present and future and try to look at the odds for that to occur, ” he said.

However, Robinson said that doesn’t mean that you have to wait until the day of the event to get an understanding of how the weather will hold up.

“About two weeks before we should have an idea whether it will be above or below normal in the temperature department, and a week before maybe we can see if there is a storm threat on the horizon. Then within a couple days before we can zero in on kickoff conditions,” he said.

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