NFL Pushes Back Start Time of Playoff Game Due to Ice
The National Football League has decided to push back the start time of the AFC playoff game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Pittsburgh Steelers. The decision was made within the interest of public safety due to the impending ice storm expected in Kansas City. The original start time of 12:1o p.m. CST has been changed to 7:20 p.m. CST Sunday evening.
— NFL (@NFL) January 13, 2017
With the game time change, here are updates to parking and stadium gates. pic.twitter.com/uJIkcEPtJZ
— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) January 13, 2017
— Arrowhead Stadium (@ArrowheadEvents) January 13, 2017
Chiefs president Mark Donovan said his team and the NFL came to the conclusion to make the time change together, along with the Steelers and local authorities.
Chiefs President Mark Donovan meets with the media regarding change in kickoff time for Sunday's AFC Divisional Game
Posted by The Kansas City Chiefs on Friday, January 13, 2017
Kickoff for Sunday's AFC Divisional Playoff game in Kansas City has been moved to 8:20 PM ET. pic.twitter.com/ZaXVPQOCVl
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) January 13, 2017
Kansas City is expected to see between a 1/4″ and 3/4″ of ice by Sunday. All major roads will be affected and even with pre-treating, travel conditions will likely be treacherous.
Temperatures will be in the upper 20s to around 30 degrees Saturday night and Sunday morning. Readings may not climb above freezing until late Sunday afternoon or evening.
Temperatures will hover around freezing throughout the game, with the potential for rain, freezing rain, and sleet.
Light amounts of freezing rain and sleet are possible on Saturday near Kansas City. The main part of the storm system will be south of the area. Ice will be accumulating in Southern Kansas, Southern Missouri, Oklahoma and Northern Texas.
On Sunday, the system will start to lift northward. Freezing rain and sleet will expland across Kansas and Missouri, with ice accumulations possible into Nebraska and Iowa.
For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Mace Michaels