Super Bowl XLVIII will be the first outdoor, cold-weather Super Bowl, but according to the Farmer's Almanac, it could be historical with a snowstorm for the game on Feb. 2, 2014, at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, N.J.
It is difficult to pinpoint a storm that far away but AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Bernie Rayno said that the game falls during a climatological favorable time for a snowstorm in the New York City area.
The biggest snowstorms, including nor'easters, occur in late January to early February, and again in March for the New York City area, Rayno said.
"The NFL is taking a calculated risk," Rayno said. "But there is always a calculated risk in every Super Bowl weather-wise."
In this Dec. 30, 2012, file photo, New York Giants fans cheer during the second half of an NFL football game against the the Philadelphia Eagles in East Rutherford, N.J. Just over a year before the New York area hosts the Super Bowl, the temperature was in the teens. With an outdoor game in a cold-weather state, the NFL will be at the mercy of Mother Nature for the 2014 championship. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Playing a game at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., has the lowest risk for game-impacting weather with its mostly dry conditions, Rayno said.
Rayno doesn't believe that cold weather would be a factor for the Super Bowl.
The normal high is 40 degrees with a normal low of 25. At kickoff around 6:30 p.m., the temperature would be about 36 degrees with typically a northwest wind of 8 to 16 mph, creating an AccuWeather RealFeel® temperature of 30.
During the last 13 years, the New York City area high has ranged from 32 to 50 degrees. There have been rain and snow showers on Feb. 2, but there have been snowstorms within two weeks of the date, including 18 inches of snow on Jan. 26-27, 2011.
The major problem facing any Super Bowl in terms of weather is that it is not a one-day event. The game is the culmination of a week-long slate of events, including practices, media day and other activities, in the run-up to the game.
A major snowstorm could shut things down for days or cause a major impact for fans if the snow came during the game, Rayno said.
"That is what the concern is in New York City," Rayno said. "It's a small risk but it's greater than any of the other venues where the Super Bowl has been played."
Milder air will build across San Francisco this week with temperatures running above average.
Warmer air will build from California to Washington on Monday and Tuesday raising temperatures to near-record levels.
Waves of arctic air invading the eastern half of the United States this week will culminate with the coldest weather of the season so far for some areas by the second weekend of February.
The new week will bring more opportunities for snow to create slick travel in the northeastern United States, starting with a winter storm set to sideswipe New England on Monday.
As the first of several waves of arctic air sweep southeastward across the Midwest, just enough snow will occur to cause slippery travel over a broad area into Monday.
Cold and snow showers are in store for the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday but should not significantly impact voter turnout.
Johnstown, PA (1986)
Lightning during a snowstorm set fire to a church and caused damage.
Boston, MA (1861)
46 degrees on this date, -14 degrees on the 8th, and 60 degrees on the 11th.
Lake Placid, NY (1980)
Still waiting for snow for the 1980 Win- ter Olympics.