MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The weekend is inching up on us and many are already making plans for a BIG Super Bowl Sunday party. The question is will rain put a damper on your party plans?
If you're going to the game in Phoenix, AZ you're in luck. After a soggy week for much of Arizona, Super Bowl Sunday looks to be sunny with temperatures near seventy. But, for those of us just making plans to watch the game at home or with friends at a watch party it's a little different story. I encourage you to get all the fixins (that's a Southern word) for you Super Bowl feast on Saturday when your only problem will be clouds and cool temps. Sunday in the Mid-South will likely be soggy for much of the day and colder.
We've certainly enjoyed a nice streak of weather over the last few days with highs in the sixties, but now cooler air is filtering into the area from the north and a storm system that's kept Arizona wet will make a move east to bringing rain and a chilly day to the Mid-South on Sunday.
The latest forecast models suggest that we'll likely wake up to rain along and slightly east of the Mississippi River early Sunday morning and then see the rain spread east. I think we're in for a slow steady rain for much of the day. With clouds and rain in the area temperatures will only reach the mid-forties at best so we can add cold to the equation as well.
Just behind the rain will be a shot of even colder air which should drop temperatures into the upper twenties to near thirty by Monday morning. The vast majority of moisture will exit the region before temperatures fall below freezing Sunday night, however, it is possible that we could see a few flurries fly early Monday morning.
Speaking of the Super Bowl and weather, I did a little research on the weather for the Super Bowl since the first game in 1967. Here are some interesting stats that I thought I'd share.
- The coldest Super Bowl Sunday was in 1982 when the high only reached 16 degrees in Pontiac, MI, but that game was played inside the Silverdome where the indoor temp was held to a balmy 72 degrees.
- The coldest outdoor Super Bowl was 39 degrees at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans in 1972 when the Dallas Cowboys played the Miami Dolphins.
- There is a tie for the warmest Super Bowl. It was 82 degrees in 1973 in San Diego and again in 2003 in Los Angeles.
- It has snowed twice on Super Bowl Sunday. Once in 1982 at the Silverdome and again in 2006 at Ford Field in Detroit. Again, both games were played in a dome.
- Ice has also been a problem on Super Bowl Sunday. An ice storm that produced a half an inch of ice in Atlanta in 2000 made getting to the game treacherous but the game went on as scheduled in the Georgia Dome.
- Dolphin Stadium in Miami holds the title of the rainiest Super Bowl, when nearly an inch of rain fell during the game in 2007.
There you have it. I hope your Super Bowl Sunday is a good one despite the forecast for rain here in the Mid-South. Remember you can watch the game right here on WMC Action News 5. Kickoff is 5:30 p.m. Sunday rain or shine.