Discussion: The NFL Playoffs are in full swing, with day two of the Divisional round set to begin shortly. The two games on tap for today are The Pittsburgh Steelers at the Kansas City Chiefs and the Green Bay Packers at the Dallas Cowboys.
For those attending the Packers-Cowboys game in Arlington, Texas, a fog advisory was in effect for areas just to the south of Arlington, so those tailgating or arriving early to the game may have encountered some fog. A Dense Fog advisory was in effect until 3 P.M C.S.T today, so it should lift by kick-off. The current temperatures range from the lower-to-middle 50’s across the Arlington metro area. After the fog lifts, fans can expect overcast skies throughout the game with showers and thunderstorms possible through the late afternoon/early evening. While these storms may not occur during the game, they could affect those driving home.
The Pittsburgh-Kansas City game was moved back to 7:20 P.M C.S.T. due to an ice storm impacting the Midwest, including Missouri (as reflected by the recent regional radar screenshot courtesy of Weathertap). Freezing rain affects travel conditions by making nearly all surfaces (e.g., highways, airport runways, etc.) slippery; thereby increasing the statistical likelihood of accidents. Currently, Kansas City, Missouri is reporting temperatures in the lower 30’s (which is right around the freezing mark) as they continue to experience light freezing rain/mist. Freezing rain is forecast to continue this afternoon before transitioning to rain later. This warmer air combined with the onset of rainfall will help to melt away a good portion of the ice which has accumulated throughout this latest winter storm. Tonight, there is another chance for freezing rain before gradually transitioning to rain in the late evening hours. The roads could still be icy tonight after the game. Although, due to the incoming rainfall, the roads will likely remain slick, so those driving should exercise extreme caution.
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