With a win Sunday afternoon in Tennessee, the Ravens are headed for Buffalo, New York to face the Bills, and forecasters say Mother Nature might play a role.
Snow is most likely to strike south of Buffalo Saturday evening, though meteorologists weren’t totally sure Thursday morning which areas near Buffalo would see the most snowfall, according to a forecast from the National Weather Service.
A weather phenomenon known as lake effect is expected to bring snow to the Buffalo area on Saturday night, continuing into Sunday, forecasters predicted.
“It looks like we’re gonna have widely scattered snow showers around the area, as far as the Orchard Park area is concerned — where the game is going to be played,” Aaron Reynolds, meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Buffalo, said Monday.
A cold front will move into the area during the day on Friday and could bring with it a few inches of snow, Reynolds said. After that, the lake effect could bring more snowfall to Buffalo, Reynolds said. It’s still too early to say what the weather could look like at game time — 8:15 p.m. Saturday night.
“It just depends on the wind flow — whether that would impact Orchard Park,” Reynolds said.
According to the NWS forecast, the chance of precipitation is 30% on Saturday, and there’s a high of 35 degrees. Saturday night, there’s a 40% chance of snow, and the low is 27.
Coming off a convincing victory against the Titans, reigning MVP Lamar Jackson and the Ravens appear to be surging. But the Bills, alongside star wide receiver Stefon Diggs, a Maryland football standout, are too, having won their last six games in a row.
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If the last time the Ravens played with snow on the ground is any indication, we’re in for a wild ride.
It was 2013. The Ravens were the defending champs, but were 6-6 headed into a Week 14 matchup with the Minnesota Vikings at M&T Bank Stadium.
The game started with heavy snowfall, but by the end, the weather was the last thing on anyone’s mind.
In the final two minutes and five seconds of the game, the Ravens and Vikings scored a combined 36 points, and the lead changed five times. Each team scored what appeared to be a game-winning touchdown, only to have it erased just as quickly.
With just four seconds left to play, quarterback Joe Flacco completed a 9-yard pass to rookie wide receiver Marlon Brown, sealing the Ravens’ 29-26 victory.
“This is the best win I’ve ever been a part of besides the Super Bowl,” Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs said after the game.
Baltimore Sun reporter Alex Mann contributed to this article.