In a rare move, the NFL has pushed back the start of the Bills and Steelers. Despite historically cold weather in Kansas City, the Chiefs and Dolphins are expected to play their game on time.
All week, the league has been bracing for a cold weekend of NFL playoffs. Orchard Park, N.Y., has been expected to be hit by a winter storm while Kansas City is set to have temperatures dip below 0 degrees — before wind chill — when it hosts the Chiefs and Dolphins game
The answer to that is a resounding no. The Chiefs-Dolphins game will not be pushed back, and will instead start on time. The reasoning behind keeping the game at the same time is clear: it is cold, not dangerous.
The National Weather Service lists the low for Saturday night as minus-10 degrees with wind chill bringing the temperature down potentially as low as minus-30. Winds will reach up to 29 mph. However, there is not expected to be any snow at night. There is a possible accumulation of less than an inch of snow during the day, but not at night.
That is in sharp contrast to the situation in Orchard Park, which is currently in a winter storm warning. There is snow expected all day Saturday and high wind gusts up to 60 mph, even if the low is only expected to be around 21 degrees. The forecast for Sunday, the day of the game, doesn’t look much better. There is snow expected for most of the day with possible new snow accumulation up to 9 inches and wind gusts up to 45 mph. There also might be areas of blowing snow.
The snow has led to N.Y. Gov. Kathy Hochul placing a full travel ban in Erie County starting at 9 p.m. ET on Saturday to ensure public safety.
The Bills-Steelers game was moved from 1 p.m. ET on Sunday to 4:30 p.m. ET on Monday, when the forecast appears to be much clearer. There is only snow expected before 11 a.m. ET and winds will reach only 20 mph. The high for the day is 19 degrees, so while still cold, the lack of snow will make it easier to travel around the area.