The Buffalo Bills and Pittsburgh Steelers will have to wait a bit longer to decide their playoff fates during NFL Super Wild Card Weekend, thanks to a dangerous January blizzard wreaking havoc on the greater Buffalo area.
The playoff game, scheduled to be played in Orchard Park, NY, has been postponed until Monday, January 15 at 4:30 p.m. EST. New York State governor Kathy Hochul made the official announcement, stating:
“I’ve been in communication with @NFL commissioner Roger Goodell regarding the dangerous conditions in Buffalo this weekend. In consultation with our emergency response teams, @BuffaloBills leadership, and the NFL, the Bills game will be postponed to 4:30 pm Monday.
I’ve been in communication with @NFL commissioner Roger Goodell regarding the dangerous conditions in Buffalo this weekend.— Governor Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) January 13, 2024
In consultation with our emergency response teams, @BuffaloBills leadership, and the NFL, the Bills game will be postponed to 4:30 pm Monday.
Official announcement from the Bills:— Alaina Getzenberg (@agetzenberg) January 13, 2024
AGAIN, this is for safety of people in the region. Read up on your history of storms in Buffalo if you're unaware of what can happen if people are outside in tough conditions. If you're calling this "soft", that's really lame. https://t.co/qKhfky7QvK
Earlier in the week, the National Weather Service had officially issued a Weather Storm Watch ahead of Sunday’s game in Orchard Park, NY. That watch remains in effect from Saturday afternoon (January 13), through Monday (January 15). Additionally, a High Wind Watch and Lakeshore Flood Watch have also been issued, with both of those advisories set to expire Saturday evening.
Some weather models are predicting 1-2 feet of lake effect snowfall between Saturday and Monday, temperatures in the low to mid 20s (with a wind chill factor between 5-10 degrees, or potentially dipping into the negative numbers). Additionally, sustained winds near 30 mph with gusts up to around 50 mph are predicted throughout the day on Sunday.