BUFFALO, N.Y. — After the Buffalo Bills victory over the Indianapolis Colts last weekend on a mostly sunny and pleasant winter day, it seems fitting that the forecast for the following weekend will be just the opposite. Especially since this AFC Divisional Round will be played at night during primetime on Saturday Night Football on Channel 2.
The chance for game time snow is still there, with snow showers possible throughout the game. Expect temperatures near freezing under a mostly cloudy sky. It will be getting breezy too with westerly wind gusts of 20 to 30 mph. Any fans attending Saturday night's game will want to dress warmly with several layers and bring a backup pair of hats and/or gloves in case they get wet from snow.
As for the snow chance, Storm Team 2 is keeping an eye on a weather system that will be moving through the Northeast Friday through Sunday. It will bring widespread rain and snow showers late Friday as it moves over Buffalo. A couple of inches of wet snow may accumulate in higher elevations Friday night.
In the wake of the storm, winds will shift and become more westerly off of Lake Erie Saturday. This would bring the chance for lake enhanced snow, but as we all know, narrow bands of lake effect impact relatively small slices of the region at any one time. As of Thursday afternoon, it appears the heaviest lake effect bands won't get established until late Saturday night and even then, they may stay just south of Orchard Park.
Of course, weather conditions are known to be the third player in these open-stadium NFL games. In a recent interview Tuesday with ESPN's Adam Schefter, Raven's quarterback Lamar Jackson revealed he has never played in a snow game during his NFL career. The last time he played in the snow was in college.
You hear that BillsMafia? Keep up to date with the latest forecast from Storm Team 2 as we head into the weekend.