Soaking Rain, Wind in Offing for Saturday NFL Playoff Games
By Mel Fabrikant Friday, January 10, 2014, 03:08 PM EST
- For fans traveling a distance to get to the games on Saturday, enough rain can fall to cause poor drainage problems on area roads. Fog and low cloud ceilings could also slow travel.
In the Northwest, snow levels will lower to pass levels in the Cascades on Saturday, where more than a foot of snow can fall through the weekend.
Both storm systems are strong enough to produce rare January thunderstorms on Saturday.
There is a chance of thunder and lightning being produced by the storm in the Northwest around Seattle during the afternoon and evening.
In the East, locally severe thunderstorms are possible over the southern part of the Atlantic Seaboard. While a few storms can reach into the mid-Atlantic, they are less likely to reach as far north as New England by Saturday evening. However, there is a remote chance of some thunder and lightning at Foxboro.
Dry weather is forecast for both playoff games on Sunday.
Almost perfect football weather is in store for the game at Charlotte, N.C., early on Sunday afternoon.
Gusty winds potentially could be an issue for the game at bit later at Denver.
By Alex Sosnowski, Expert Senior Meteorologist for AccuWeather.com