A combination of below-zero temperatures, extreme winds, and heavy snow are expected in a large swath of the country this weekend. These weather conditions have already forced the NFL to make some scheduling changes, as they postponed Sunday's AFC Wild Card matchup between the Buffalo Bills and the Pittsburgh Steelers due to the winter storm conditions in Buffalo. The game will now be played on Monday at 4:30 pm.
However, the game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Miami Dolphins will not be postponed despite the frigid temperatures, according to ESPN.
"There is no temperature threshold for cancellation/postponement."- Tim Schlittner, NFL Communcations Dir.
The current high temperature expected for Kansas City, Missouri on Saturday is 5 degrees. This would be the coldest high temperature on record in the area for the date, according to CNN Weather. The current record-cold high temperature for Kansas City on January 13 is 9 degrees, which was set in 1982.
To make matters worse, the game starts at 7pm CT, when the temperature is going to be around zero degrees Fahrenheit with a wind chill of -22 degrees. By the game's end, the air temperature is expected to dip to -2 degrees. On top of it all, sustained winds of 15 to 20 miles per hour and gusts up to 40 mph are expected throughout the game.
These conditions not only impact the gameplay and put players at risk on the field, but it also puts spectators in danger of frostbite. The Chiefs have taken measures to keep fans warm, including warming stations, hand warmers, and hot beverages. Players will similarly have additional protection such as heated benches, heavy jackets, parkas, and other heating equipment.
How the extreme weather will affect both teams remains to be seen, but the Chiefs will arguably have the edge as they are more accustomed to playing in such conditions. In fact, the Chiefs are 4-0 in temperatures below 18 degrees with Patrick Mahomes at the helm.
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