The Steelers and Bills have already postponed their game once, but it could happen again as the snow comes down in Orchard Park. Jonathan Jones, the national insider for CBS, is skeptical that the game will be played on Monday at 4:30 p.m. despite far more optimistic reports.
“There’s going to be more snow, and if it is bad, can you get that snow? I’m just going to say this, while it is scheduled Monday at 4:30, if this weather continues to be bad, as they could predict, I don’t know if it is absolutely going to be played Monday at 4:30,” Jones said on CBS pregame.
Travel bans in the area are in effect as is a state of emergency.
The forecast in the Buffalo area is calling for winds gusting up to 65 mph and sustained winds of 30 mph. There is a potential for up to two feet of lake effect snow in the Orchard Park, New York area.
The heavily falling snow in narrow bands due to high winds coming off Lake Erie will make travel very difficult in unpredictable sections of the area to the south of Buffalo.
“The safety of the fans that attend the game and the staff involved is tantamount,” said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz, who joined Hochul in making the announcement. “I’m very glad that the NFL agreed, as well.”
The Steelers have had a playoff game moved recently due to weather. Their road playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs in 2016 was moved to a later time on the same day.
The last time the Steelers had a game move days was when their game against the Baltimore Ravens in 2020 was postponed multiple times due to COVID-19 issues on the Ravens. That game ended up being played on Wednesday afternoon.
The Steelers still have not yet arrived in Buffalo before the game’s scheduled date on Monday, but they plan to get into Buffalo on Sunday.