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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."
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."
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