NBCRightNow.com - For the first time ever the Super Bowl will be in a cold weather climate at an open air stadium when it comes to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on February 2nd.
While the game is still two weeks away, we can examine historical data to preview what we may see. According to the Farmer's Almanac, the forecast for early February calls for heavy rain, snow and strong winds.
The average temperature on the 2nd is 39° with the greatest amount of snowfall coming in at 3.4 inches in 1985.
"If what we've seen so far is any indicator of what's to come over the next few weeks we really have to be ready for anything," says WNBC-NY meteorologist Raphael Miranda. "We've had record low temperatures, we've also had some very mild weather this winter. So it's been all over the place so far, it's been swinging back and forth."
Miranda also says a more accurate forecast for Super Bowl Sunday will be available at least seven days before the game (January 26th).
Typically, the NFL holds the game in a climate with an average temperature of 50° or warmer and the stadium usually has the option of closing the roof if the weather is poor. MetLife Stadium fits neither criteria.
A committee of NFL team owners voted in 2010 to waive these conditions when selecting MetLife Stadium in 2010 despite the lack of a retractable/fixed roof.
According to Sports Illustrated, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell plans to sit outside in the elements rather than in a luxury box when the Seahawks and Broncos kickoff on the 2nd.