There are two games being played this weekend with the NFC and AFC holding their championship games to determine which teams will play in the Super Bowl this season. The Atlanta Falcons are hosting the San Francisco 49ers, but weather will not play a role in that contest as the game will be played inside the Georgia Dome. However, weather could be a factor in the late game being played this evening as the New England Patriots host the Baltimore Ravens.
On the weather maps, the predominant feature is a cold front marching towards the east. A low pressure center is located north of the Great Lakes and the associated cold front runs from upstate New York through West Virginia into the Tennessee Valley and back towards Oklahoma. This front will bring snow to the New England area on Monday, but ahead of it, some windy conditions will be in store for the Foxboro area today.
Foxboro will be unseasonably warm this afternoon with a high of 52 expected. Currently at 6 a.m. EST, the mercury sits at a warm 43 but those conditions will go down hill all afternoon. A low of 15 is expected overnight tonight with snow blanketing the area through Tuesday.
Ahead of the front, south to southwest winds are expected with steady winds over 20 mph by this afternoon. Gust to 50 mph can be expected later this afternoon. Winds in the area should be the strongest during the time of the game.
While that shouldn’t hamper the Patriots short passing game, the Ravens deep passing attack with Joe Flacco could struggle.
Fans tailgating in Atlanta should expect a pleasant afternoon. Clear, sunny skies are expected with a high of 61 forecast with light winds.