Snow Lake Effect Possibly Falling on a Very Windy and Cold Monday Night Soccer Game in Buffalo – CBS Boston

BUFFALO, NY (CBS) – Mac Jones, welcome to the Northeast.

The former Alabama quarterback, born and raised in Florida is about to get his first real taste of December football in adverse weather conditions.

Forecast: Heavy rain Monday morning in Buffalo ending this afternoon. The temperature drops sharply in the evening. By game time, temperatures should be in the mid-to-low range for 30 seconds with gusts of 20-40 mph. It will be like 15-20 degrees in most games.

What about snowfall?

Buffalo perched on the eastern shore of Lake Erie. This time of year, before the lakes freeze, is the prime time for lake-effect snow. Monday night conditions will be quite favorable for lake-effect ice production. Canada’s cold air will easily spill over the relatively milder lake waters. This causes immediate and powerful cloud formation over the lakes (almost like a thunderstorm in summer). . . The moisture of the lake is basically picked up and dumped by the wind when it snows.

Because these bands are small in diameter, wind direction is a key factor when snowfall follows the lake effect. . . Just a few degrees of change of direction can mean all the snow in a town and almost nothing a few miles away. Buffalo will be right at the edge of the ice sheet. Current thinking is that the heaviest snow will be just south of Buffalo with winds forecast to be predominantly west (Buffalo typically needs more southwesterly winds for snow). I still wouldn’t be shocked if some stray sleet drifted over Bills Stadium. Doesn’t seem like enough to really interrupt the game, but it’s worth keeping an eye on anyway.

Either way, Monday will be a very windy and cold night, that’s for sure. What will Mac and the rest of the Pats do? That remains to be seen. Apparently the Bills also have some experience playing in these conditions. It may depend on who has the game running better. Passing the ball deep down the pitch can be very difficult.

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Something else to watch for. . . This could be one of those games where coin tossing is so important. Not so that the team can choose which half to receive the ball, but instead they may want to choose the backfield area to defend and kick in the fourth round. Bills Stadium is oriented northwest to southeast on a diagonal line. With off-west winds, mostly crosswinds, not necessarily good for the team or kickers. However, kicks and throws into the southeast end of the field are likely to have more headwinds, albeit with a slight push to the left. The Kickers are sure to hit the field early before each round to test their limits and see how much they have to adjust to the wind. They will likely try to keep kicks low to lessen the impact.

My prediction: A low score game. Both coaches try to minimize mistakes that can be exacerbated or enhanced by extreme weather conditions. Run more turns than pass the game. In my opinion, this benefits the Patriots’ strengths more than the Bills. Bills’ high-flying attack with stud receiver and Josh Allen’s massive arm should be nullified to a degree. Pats definitely has a better running game and smarter coaching staff. Pats 20 Bills 17… finished goal for the Bills and Pats went away with a big win, and was the number one seed in the AFC.

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