Two northern cities used to large lake effect snows face off in Week 11 of the NFL season. The Cleveland Browns will travel to face the Buffalo Bills in the state of New York. Lake Erie plays a huge role in the weather of both of the cities and has a chance to have a big impact on Sunday’s game as well.
Tuesday, reports were that two feet of snow could fall between Friday and Sunday morning. Given the forecast, it seemed as if most or all of the snow would fall before the start of the game.
Wednesday game word of a ‘potentially historic lake-effect event’ in Buffalo with the highest estimate around six feet of snow:
Worst lake-effect storm in years?— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) November 16, 2022
3-6 FEET❄️ in Buffalo before Browns-Bills?https://t.co/WWom68Ttgj
Despite the fact that travel could be extremely dangerous for fans and even both teams, Bills head coach Sean McDermott doesn’t think the game will be moved at all:
Sean McDermott says the Bills have in been in contact with the league office about the forecasted winter storm. He says he's heard nothing about a change in time/location for the game.— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) November 16, 2022
Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said he’s not a part of those conversations for his team and is focused on the game on the field:
Stefanski said he's "sure people are having conversations" about potential logistics / travel changes for the Browns, but says he's not part of those conversations and full focus is on preparing for the Bills.— Zac Jackson (@AkronJackson) November 16, 2022
While the game may not be moved, it is possible that the weather could lead to limited fans in the seats either due to travel bans or fan choice to stay safe. If the snow stops falling before the start of the game and the wind is not significant, it is unlikely that the weather will impact the play on the field.
We will keep you up to date on all vital reports surrounding this Sunday’s game and how the weather may be impacting it.