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Super Bowl XLVIII weather forecast: Ice pellets, wintry mix involved

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Eric Grubman tests out the NFL's cold-winter swag for the fans.
Eric Grubman tests out the NFL's cold-winter swag for the fans. (USATSI)

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Here's the thing about weather forecasts: They like to change. And, believe it or not, weather is never the same. So while we have a recent forecast calling for fairly mild weather, as of Saturday we're now staring at ICE PELLETS and 70 percent chance of precipitation for Super Bowl XLVIII.

Additionally, the high, per Weather Underground, is 34 degrees. So that's fun.

The forecast now calls for 70 percent chance of precipitation and ICE PELLETS.
The forecast now calls for 70 percent chance of precipitation and ICE PELLETS. (WUnderground.com)

It's not much better for the day before and after Super Bowl Sunday either. Saturday, Feb. 1, calls for 30 percent precipitation and snow, while Monday, Feb. 3, calls for 50 percent precipitation and snow as well.

Weather.com has a slightly different forecast but brings into play the dreaded wintry mix. It's the same basic forecast though, except the 40 percent precipitation at night is a lot more doable than the 60 percent during the day.

Cold rain and snow sure sounds fun though.

Somewhere between a 40 and 60 percent chance of rain for Sunday.
Cold rain and snow! (Weather.com)

Our friends at the Weather Channel (a good follow on Twitter this week is @WeatherChannel by the way) kind of explain the mixture in precipitation expectations in their latest update:

"To be clear, we are not anticipating a major storm with heavy precipitation to affect the Northeast on Super Bowl weekend," Jon Erdman writes. "However, we are expecting a frontal system to slide into the Northeast Saturday, possibly lingering into Super Bowl Sunday. With colder air retreating, all precipitation types, from snow, to sleet, freezing rain, even rain, are on the table with this system. While most of our guidance suggests most of this precipitation may fall Saturday into the early part of Super Bowl Sunday, we still can't rule out any lingering precipitation during the game itself."

The official forecast from Weather.gov hasn't come through yet. The responsible jerks at the government won't do anything more than a 7-day forecast. We'll know soon what they're expecting.

In the meantime prepare for the worst.

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