After all the hype and worry about snow storms and blizzards. Of freezing temperatures and strong winds. After all the gnashing of teeth and media coverage, it appears that the fears were unfounded.
Super Bowl Snow Apocalypse Avoided.
The Super Bowl will have super boring weather. Weather that will make the Seahawks feel right at home.
We are now within 120 hr of the start of the game and this is a time horizon within which weather forecasting models are far more skillful than at more extended ranges. Yes, there are some uncertainties, but it would be extremely unlikely for any major storm to appear in the forecasts as we get closer.
First, the big picture. The sea level pressure and precipitation forecast for 7 PM Sunday is shown below. High pressure is building over the region at that time with a low center (with some associated precipitation) off the coast. Some light precip to the southeast. The Super Bowl venue in East Rutherford, NJ looks good..no major action.. The skies will start the game cloudy, modest NW winds, and cooling temperatures. A small chance 20-40% of some light showers.
How cool? I have looked at all available guidance, from forecast model ensembles, to high resolution models plus statistical guidance of various types. I will spare you most of the technical detail, but here is the bottom line.
Sunday will probably see some precipitation early in the day, but that will be fading out in the afternoon. The high temp at the SB site on Sunday will be in the upper 30s, but will be cooling to around freezing at the kick off (around 6:30 PM). Temperatures will fall into the upper 20s during the game. The northwest winds will be noticeable (around 10 mph), but not a game changer.
You want more details? Here is the National Weather Service hour by hour forecasts that day for temperature (red line, top panel), wind (middle panel), and probability of precipitation (brown line, bottom panel). Pretty much what I told you above.
Or take a peak at the US/Canada NAEFS ensemble product for New York City. Temperature around freezing, modest winds, clearing pattern...the same thing.
Temperatures in the 30s, with clouds, and some light sprinkles--this sounds like Seattle winter conditions! The Seahawks will feel very comfortable with the weather conditions at MetLife stadium on Sunday.