There are a good number of differences at play in predicting the weather for next Monday's Winter Classic Weather. We're not talking just run of the mill differences between say, 45 and 40 degrees...sun and mostly cloudy. There are signs of a pretty decent cold front crossing the Mid Atlantic and Northeast early next week...but there is quite a bit of spread between the computer models in terms of timing and how that front moves through. The forecast for Monday has a fair bit of uncertainty because of those differences. The good news is that we're still a number of days out from the game so there's plenty that can change. The bad news is that it might rain next Monday at some point in the day.
The Euro is the slowest of the forecast guidance at this point -- suggesting a Monday night frontal passage. This is critical in terms of weather for the Winter Classic as the Euro forecast verbatim will be mild, showery, with temperatures probably in the 50's during the game if this model were ultimately correct. It may not ultimately ruin the game...the Winter Classic last year was played at night in showery conditions with temperatures in the 40's. Rain wasn't widespread or steady during the game, which had been bumped from a daytime faceoff because of rain that fell much of New Years' Day, so if showers are modest and not widespread the game can be played. Despite less than ideal temperatures, the NHL can make ice on outdoor rinks thanks to refrigeration systems built underneath the ice sheet.
We'll continue to chat about the game, the potential weather, and more over the coming days as the game will have a good bit of interest locally and beyond.