The NHL Winter Classic still seven days away and, as we all know, the weather in the Northeast can change on a dime. Think about it, towards the tail end of 2011 New Jersey has seen a Hurricane in August, a full-out snow storm in October, and 60 degree days in December. Talk about lunacy at its finest.
However, if you’re one of the people hoping for a Winter Classic filled with snow flurries (I would be one of them) and maybe some accumulation, looking at the ten-day outlook from Weather.com will cause your day to be ruined.
Find out why after the jump.
According to the forecast, Jan 2nd should see temperatures in the mid 40’s (46 is the forecast high) with a 40% chance of rain. Not great numbers to indicate it will actually rain, however if you’re the NHL, you want no rain whatsoever. If you remember last year for the Penguins/Capitals WC, the NHL made the decision to move the game up to the nighttime to try and avoid inclement weather, changing the start time from 1 PM to 8 PM. The same scenario could present itself this year.
Also, the construction of the ice surface at Citizen’s Bank Ballpark could see some delays because of the forecasted rain to hit the Philadelphia area prior to Jan 2nd. According to NHL writer Dan Rosen, NHL crews are steadfastly working to find way to work around the weather. Here’s an excerpt from the article:
Rain also could put some pressure on the crew because their targeted goal is to have the rink ready to go by noon Thursday for the annual media skate. There still has to be a half-inch of ice built after all the painting and logo placement is done in order to seal everything in, but depending on the type of rain, there is the potential for further maintenance on the surface as well.
A heavy rain could create issues that would require extra work. A misty rain could be a blessing in disguise and save the crew time on the hoses.
Hopefully, over the course of the next seven days, Mother Nature realizes outdoor hockey on National TV to start the New Year is an absolute treat and should stop trying to mess with it.