As the Eastern Seaboard is battered by winter storms, questions have emerged surrounding the conditions for Sunday night’s Panthers-Cardinals NFC Championship game.
The scope of the storm is massive, and Washington D.C. could get 30 inches between tonight and Saturday night.
The storm will not hit Charlotte quite as hard, but the city is still dealing with school closings and power outages. The impact from the snow will be relatively small — it is the ice and freezing rain that is expected to cause real problems.
Early boots on the ground indicate the storm is already making its mark.
Ahhhhh lovely icy slushy Charlotte. #nfcchampionship
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) January 22, 2016
The forecast apparently failed to faze Cardinals Head Coach Bruce Arians. He said the team’s travel plan to depart from Phoenix Saturday morning remains unchanged.
“As far as I know, we’re set to be in there and it should be cleared up,” Arians said of the wintry precipitation.
Arians said quarterback Carson Palmer has plenty of experience playing in bad weather from when he was with the Cincinnati Bengals. Arians said the only thing that could affect play Sunday evening would be strong wind. [Charlotte Observer]
However, Bank of America’s field is under scrutiny for the second straight week. After a franchise-record third re-sodding this season before the Divisional round, complaints about the field’s playability abounded. The grounds crew will place a tarp over the field, but it remains to be seen how well that will combat the wintry mix.
— SI Wire (@SI_Wire) January 22, 2016
The storm has already resulted in multiple cancellations and postponements of sporting events all over the East Coast. All University of Maryland events at home this weekend are postponed, Virginia men’s basketball moved its Saturday and Monday night contests each back one day, Temple men’s basketball also moved their game against SMU from Saturday to Sunday, and the Washington Capitals are forced to play their Friday night game vs the Ducks at 5 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. because the D.C. Metro is shutting down for the weekend a 11 p.m. on Friday and the team was concerned about fans getting home.
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— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) January 22, 2016