CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. — The Pittsburgh Steelers and Buffalo Bills will not play in the middle of a significant winter storm that is forecast for Sunday, with their game postponed to Monday afternoon at 4:30 p.m.
But the forecast for their rescheduled contest isn’t exactly a day at the beach.
WGRZ-TV in Buffalo is predicting near-freezing wind chills and scattered snow showers for the new Monday afternoon kickoff.
The current forecast calls for a kickoff temperature of 19 degrees, with winds out of the southwest at 10 to 20 mph leading a wind chill of 5 degrees. While the heavy lake-effect snow that caused the postponement from Sunday will have subsided, show showers and flurries will continue through the Monday start time
The playing surface at Highmark Stadium will remain covered throughout the worst of the snowstorm on Sunday, so the players should be able to play on a relatively clean playing surface.
But the cold and snow will remain, and make for another game impacted by winter weather conditions.
The Steelers played their Week 18 game in a barely above-freezing monsoon in Baltimore. They also beat the Las Vegas Raiders last Dec. 23 in a game that had similar conditions to those expected this week: high temperatures in the low 20s, with 20-30 mph winds resulting in single-digit wind chills.