Chance Of Showers Reduced, Weather For Winter Classic Looking Better

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With the 2012 NHL Winter Classic a mere three days away, it’s worth checking out the forecasted weather conditions and whether or not they’ve improved. If you recall, earlier in the week, the forecast called for a 40% chance of showers with intermitten rain leading up to the game, causing delays in the construction of the ice surface.

I’m happy to say that, as the week has gone on, the outlook has improved. Maybe not the snow we’re all hoping for, but a Winter Classic that should start as scheduled.

The weather outlook and more after the jump. 

Here’s a look at the weather for Philadelphia, PA for the next several days (courtesy of

Temperatures are going to hover in the low to mid 50’s over the weekend with abundant sunshine, which will make it easier for NHL crews to finish constructing the ice surface and getting the final touches in without interruption.

And here is a detailed look at Monday’s forecast:

For Monday, the high will barely get into the 40’s – combined with blustery wind conditions (around 20-25 mph, gusting to 30+) – will make it feel closer to 20 degrees rather than 40, meaning conditions at ice level will feel like a backyard ice rink in Canada.

Isn’t that what the NHL wanted for the Winter Classic?


To watch a video of the Weather Channel’s Adam Berg discussing the forecast leading up to Monday’s outdoor game click here.

To watch a live, time-lapse video of the Winter Classic rink click here.

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