Tonight, the Buffalo Bills and the Kansas City Chiefs are set to face off in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs. Bills quarterback Josh Allen, still seeking a playoff victory against Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, hopes that playing on home turf this time will be the key to breaking their playoff losing streak against the two-time MVP.
Last week, the Bills’ wild card game against the Pittsburgh Steelers faced a delay due to a snowstorm in Western New York. Highmark Stadium required extensive snow removal efforts from stadium workers and volunteers to ensure the game could proceed. This week, while there is no rescheduling concern, the lingering snow and freezing temperatures are expected to impact the game.
Here’s the weather report for tonight’s matchup:
Weather Conditions for Chiefs vs. Bills:
Following more than two feet of snowfall in some Buffalo suburbs over the last 48 hours, Sunday brings a slight reprieve with temperatures rising to 24-25 degrees Fahrenheit, compared to a high of 21.9 since Friday, Jan. 19.
The National Weather Service (NWS) forecasts scattered flurries until midnight local time in Buffalo. As the game kicks off at 6:30 p.m. ET, snow may play a role, but it is expected to be light and sporadic. Winds will blow westward at 9 to 13 miles per hour, posing a potential challenge for field goal attempts but unlikely to significantly impact the overall game.
Temperature Outlook in Buffalo:
The NWS predicts that the low during the game will hover around 16 degrees, with temperatures not exceeding 24.
This weather may pose a challenge for the Buffalo Bills, given Patrick Mahomes’ undefeated record of 5-0 in games where the temperature is below 18 degrees, including their recent wild card victory over the Miami Dolphins.
For those eager to catch the Chiefs-Bills divisional round playoff:
– Date: Sunday, January 21, 2024
– Time: 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT
– Location: Highmark Stadium, Orchard Park, N.Y.