NFL Weather: Dolphins, Chiefs Coldest, Buffalo Snow
- Multiple NFL wild card playoff games this weekend could have a big impact on the weather.
- Saturday night’s game in Kansas City could be the coldest ever for both the Dolphins and Chiefs.
- Sunday’s game at Buffalo was postponed to Monday due to blizzard conditions.
- Finally, Game 3 on Monday night could see rain, and possibly thunderstorms.
This weekend’s NFL playoff game could be the coldest ever played by the Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs, while another game in Buffalo has been postponed due to heavy snow and blizzard conditions.
It’s the opening weekend of the playoffs, with six games remaining until Monday night. While three of them will be played indoors, the other three could provide weather headaches for players and fans.
Miami Dolphins at Kansas City Chiefs: A major arctic cold snap is spreading across the Plains, setting the stage for a very cold game Saturday night in Kansas City.
Although no snow is expected, temperatures are expected to be near zero, and persistent northwesterly winds will send wind chills below zero.
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This will be the coldest game the Miami Dolphins have ever played. Coincidentally, their previous coldest game to date was also in Kansas City on December 21, 2008. The temperature at kickoff was 10 degrees, and the Dolphins won 38-31.
It may also be the coldest game the Kansas City Chiefs have ever played. When they hosted the rival Denver Broncos on the afternoon of Dec. 18, 1983, the daytime high was just one degree above zero, according to Pro Football Reference. .
That probably won’t threaten the coldest NFL game ever, the infamous “Ice Bowl” at Green Bay’s Lambeau Field on New Year’s Eve 1967, which reached 13 degrees below zero.
However, a cool sub-zero game can be extremely rare. According to The Sporting News, only six NFL games since 1967 have been played in subzero temperatures. That last happened in Minneapolis eight years ago when the Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings played a playoff game outdoors in minus 6 degrees during construction of U.S. Bank Stadium.
According to The National Desk, Miami is 0-10 in games played below 40 degrees since 2017, while the Chiefs are 9-1 in their last 10 home games at such temperatures.
Last Sunday night, the Dolphins had a chance to win a playoff game at home. But their loss to the Buffalo Bills means they must instead travel to frigid Kansas City.
Pittsburgh Steelers over Buffalo Bills: Speaking of the Bills, after beating their rival Dolphins on the frozen tundra of Kansas City, they will host the Pittsburgh Steelers, but due to nearby blizzard conditions and cold air expected on Sunday, the game has been postponed to Monday afternoon.
Conditions will remain cold, possibly snowy, for the game, which will now start at 4:30 p.m. Temperatures will be at their highest, winds will be gusting over 20 mph, and it will feel like temperatures are hovering in the lows – into the mid-single digits and dropping to near zero. Some giveaways are possible.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for the Buffalo metro area this weekend through early Monday morning. “Blizzard conditions will be possible, at times, especially Saturday night and Sunday. Travel will be very difficult or impossible at times with deep snow cover on roads,” NWS-Buffalo said. Wind speeds could reach 65 mph near the lakeshore, according to NWS-Buffalo.
In a previous article, we calculated that Buffalo is, by far, the worst city in the NFL in terms of weather.
Philadelphia Eagles at Tampa Bay Buccaneers: There is another game that might be interesting, regarding the weather.
Winter Storm Heather is expected to bring some snow and ice to parts of the South on Monday, as well as rain and thunderstorms to north and central Florida Monday night.
That’s when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers host the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL’s final wild-card game. It is too early to know whether this will be in the form of scattered showers or thunderstorms with heavy rain, assuming there is rain at all. Double-check the weather forecast for the next few days, and if you’re heading to the game, bring rain gear and be prepared for possible lightning delays.
Another game with a strange weather shell: The other three wild card games will be at home, in Houston (Browns at Texans), Dallas (Packers at Cowboys) and Detroit (Rams at Lions).
While the seventh-seeded Green Bay Packers won’t be hosting a frigid game at Lambeau Field next January, the last time Green Bay was in the Super Bowl was 13 years ago, in Dallas.
That was unforgettable not only for the game itself, but for the winter weather both the Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers — not to mention the fans, media and event workers — had to endure in Dallas the week leading up to the game.
Five days before the Super Bowl, a polar front broke in, turning precipitation into sleet and ice. Two days later, up to six inches of snow fell in the Metroplex. With temperatures remaining well below freezing for three days, this resulted in ice and snow accumulating on roads, sidewalks and even the roof of the stadium.
A halftime show employee and a news photographer were seriously injured by snow falling from the stadium roof, according to the Dallas Morning News.
This was the first time Dallas hosted a Super Bowl, and there are currently no plans for the city to host another one anytime soon.
By Sunday’s game, the arctic cold will have already reached Dallas, leaving little doubt that the AT&T Stadium roof will be closed. But there is now a risk of snow or ice in the Metroplex late Sunday into Monday, which could have an impact on post-game travel.
Jonathan Erdmann is a senior meteorologist at Weather.com and has been covering national and international weather since 1996. His lifelong love of meteorology began with a close encounter with a tornado as a child in Wisconsin. He studied physics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, then completed a master’s degree working with dual polarization radar and lightning data at Colorado State University. Extreme and strange weather are his favorite subjects. Contact him on X (formerly Twitter), Threads, Facebook And the sky is blue.
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