Wednesday, February 1, 2012

It May Be in the 60s Now...

The New York Giants take on the New England Patriots this Sunday at 6:30 p.m. EST in the Super Bowl at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

The game will take place under a retractable roof, but will the weather wreak havoc on travelers?

"There's a potential storm Saturday and Sunday, but exactly how it's going to take shape, we're still not sure about," said Meteorologist Michael Pigott. One scenario is that a storm develops in the Plains and stays too far south and west for precipitation to arrive in Indianapolis over the weekend. The second scenario is that the storm is more progressive, sending some rain into Indianapolis by late Saturday and even the possibility of a snow shower on Sunday.

At this point, it appears that there will be a bit of rain in Indianapolis on Saturday, followed by a passing shower or two on Sunday. It is not out of the question that there is enough cooling for a snow shower on game day.

"Depending on which (scenario) is right, it will have a large effect on not only the Super Bowl, but also the following week. We're expecting a big cold shot later," added Pigott.

Some football fans from around the country traveling to the Super Bowl may deal with a snowstorm or severe weather.

A snowstorm will be unfolding across portions of the Plains this weekend. Snow will spread from Colorado into portions of Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma on Saturday. The snow may make it farther into the Midwest, including across Iowa, northern Missouri and southern Minnesota.

On the southern edge of the storm, mild and muggy air from the Gulf of Mexico will fuel locally torrential downpours and severe thunderstorms across the Gulf States. Some steadier rain may also advance across the Tennessee Valley and the Carolinas this weekend.

"The rest of the country shouldn't be too bad, travel-wise," Pigott said. The Northwest, Southwest and Northeast should have pretty clear weather for the weekend of the big game.

After several days of above-normal temperatures, the Indianapolis area will cool down next week.

"Temperatures have been fairly warm this week," said Meteorologist Adrienne Veilleux. "But things will cool down next week in Indianapolis. They've been above average this week, will start to slide over the weekend and be right around average or even a bit below average by Monday."

With cooler air on the way, any precipitation in the area could fall as freezing rain or snow.

"If there is moisture this weekend, we could definitely see a snow shower," added Veilleux.

Note: written by John Marsh for

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