Peyton Manning can expect to hear more questions during Super Bowl week about dealing with cold weather.
The snowstorm that hit Baltimore on Tuesday was more severe where Super Bowl XLVIII will be played and heavier. About a foot of snow fell between Tuesday and Wednesday morning at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N. J. That gave NFL officials practice to deal with the weather problems and cleanup they may face on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 2.
Eric Grubman, NFL vice president of business operations, told WFAN – New York that the Super Bowl could be moved to alternate dates, including Fri. Jan. 31, or Sat., Feb. 1. Even if the game is still played on Feb. 2, the scheduled 6:30 p.m. kickoff time could be moved if a severe storm was on the way.
Grubman said public safety would be the top priority. He admitted that if Tuesday’s storm had been forecast for Super Bowl Sunday, the game would have likely been moved to Saturday.
“The decision to move it forward would occur if this is a tough storm, long, with a potentially complicated cleanup,” Grubman told WFAN on Tuesday. “We can move it earlier in the day on Sunday, we can move it earlier in the week - we’re looking at both Friday and Saturday.
“If we’re going to move the game by a day, we need 36 hours (notice). If we’re going to move the game by an hour or two, we would need much less time.”
Get ready to be inundated with weather forecasts next week, as the game draws closer. It is too early for a 10-day forecast that includes Super Bowl Sunday. But those coming to the New York-New Jersey area should dress warmly. The extended forecast is calling for frigid temperatures next Monday through Thursday, with highs in the 20’s, and low’s in the teens and single digits.
The Ravens didn't have to worry about snow at last year's Super Bowl. However, both the Broncos and Seahawks will be monitoring the weather closely.