ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The winter storm in Buffalo wreaked havoc throughout the city’s southern areas on Sunday. In the area where the Bills stadium, Highmark Stadium, is located, gusts were up to 50 miles per hour, with six inches of snow coming down each hour. While original estimates for snowfall were between one and three feet, the actual number will land between three and four feet of snow in those areas. That forced the Bills and Steelers game to be moved.
The AFC Wild Card playoff game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Buffalo Bills will be played on Monday afternoon and will not be pushed back again, New York Governor Kathy Hochul said in a press conference on Sunday.
The Steelers and Bills had initially been scheduled to play at 1 p.m. on Sunday at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, New York. A significant lake effect snowstorm foiled that plan by dumping two feet of snow on Orchard Park and the other towns south of Buffalo from Saturday night into Sunday. But there is more coming and on the way to raise that projection.
Steelers Now was live on the scene to showcase the whiteout conditions facing the area, and just why it would have been so dangerous for the game to have gone on, especially with a capacity crowd en route to the game.
The Bills delayed their plans on Sunday by the travel bans in the area and did not meet; instead, they decided to stay at home and out of the elements.
The Steelers took off from Pittsburgh International Airport and landed safely in Buffalo, so it appears the game will be played on Monday as scheduled.