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Super Bowl weather forecast in New Jersey getting better

Frank Schwab
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JERSEY CITY, N.J. – It's cold in New Jersey, a bit windy and a little snow fell overnight.

But by Sunday, it might not be too bad outside.

The weather for Super Bowl XLVIII has been discussed and worried about for years. In the days leading up to the game, the forecast keeps getting better. As of Wednesday morning, the Weather Channel predicts it will be a high of 44 degrees, a low of 27, partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of precipitation and six-to-eight mile-an-hour winds.

Boy, the NFL better be prepared to enact those contingency plans for the game they keep talking about. If it's going to be a little less than 30 degrees with a light breeze and a one-in-five chance of precipitation you might want to consider canceling the game now.

The fact is, New York weather isn't that bad (it's not like the league put the game in Lambeau Field) and almost any city might have some weather problems in late January or early February. New Orleans, a favorite in the Super Bowl rotation and last season's site, had many closings based on cold weather on Tuesday, and had the game been there this year the weather might have affected media day, the league's best marketing tool in the lead-up to its biggest game.

The players and coaches have been asked many times about the weather for the Super Bowl. While it won't be a perfect day outside at MetLife Stadium, if the forecast holds for a few more days, it doesn't seem like the often-discussed weather situation will be that big of a deal after all.

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