Game rescheduled to prioritize public safety
New York Governor Kathy Hochul and the NFL commissioner have agreed to postpone the Buffalo Bills game due to dangerous weather conditions in Buffalo. The game, originally scheduled for Sunday, will now take place on Monday at 4:30 pm.
Winter storm warning in Buffalo
The decision to postpone the game was made in consultation with emergency response teams, Bills leadership, and the NFL. The Buffalo area is currently under a winter storm warning, with heavy snowfall expected to continue throughout the weekend and into Monday. The National Weather Service predicts snow accumulation of 6 to 10 inches, with the potential for up to three feet in certain areas. Strong winds of up to 65 mph are also expected.
Travel ban and public safety concerns
To ensure public safety, Governor Hochul has implemented a full travel ban in Erie County starting Saturday night at 9:00 pm. This decision, along with the game postponement, aims to protect residents and visitors from the severe weather conditions.
Implications for the Bills and Steelers
The Bills, who have won their last five games, were set to face the Pittsburgh Steelers in their playoff matchup. The Steelers, coming off three consecutive victories in the regular season, were prepared for the challenge. However, both teams understand the importance of prioritizing public safety amidst the ongoing weather emergency.
Impact on the NFL schedule
The rescheduled Bills-Steelers game will now be the first of two games on Monday. The Philadelphia Eagles will play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 8:15 pm ET. This adjustment ensures that all games can proceed while taking the necessary precautions for the well-being of players, staff, and fans.
Weather conditions pose risks
The decision to postpone the Bills game reflects the seriousness of the weather conditions in Buffalo. Governor Hochul and the NFL commissioner have acted responsibly to mitigate potential risks and prioritize public safety.