Chiefs-Packers weather updates: How snow, freezing temperatures could impact ‘Sunday Night Football’ game

Weather already impacted one Week 13 game on Sunday, as the Steelers’ matchup with the Cardinals was twice delayed by lightning in the afternoon. Now, “Sunday Night Football” could be played in challenging conditions.

Snow and freezing temperatures have impacted Green Bay throughout the day, opening the door for a snow game between the Chiefs and Packers under the lights at Lambeau Field.

The Packers are no strangers to snow games during this time of year, but their familiarity might not be an advantage on Sunday night. Patrick Mahomes played his first playoff game in the snow, and the Chiefs defeated the Broncos in snowy conditions the following season. Kansas City also played in freezing temperatures in Denver earlier this season, though Mahomes and Co. came up short.

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Here’s what you need to know about the weather forecast for “Sunday Night Football” and whether snow will have a major impact on the game.

Chiefs vs. Packers weather updates

It’s expected to be 31 degrees and cloudy when Chiefs vs. Packers kicks off at 8:20 p.m. ET on Sunday night, according to The Weather Channel, with minimal chances of snow during the game.

Images from about five hours before kickoff show Lambeau Field covered by a tarp, so unless considerable snow comes down in the hours just ahead of kickoff, it doesn’t look like snow will have a major impact on the field itself. Fans might have to deal with some leftover snow in the stands, however.

Freezing temperatures are something the Chiefs and Packers won’t be able to avoid. Temperatures are set to stay below freezing throughout the night, dropping as low as 28 degrees by 11 p.m. ET on Sunday. 

Meanwhile, the area around Lambeau Field looked like a Christmas postcard in the hours leading up to the game.

The Chiefs have enjoyed plenty of success in the cold during the Mahomes era, but the offense did struggle in frigid temperatures in Denver earlier this season. With Kansas City’s passing game already hit-or-miss as a result of subpar play from receivers, it will be worth watching how efficiently the offense moves.

The Packers have plenty of experience in these types of games as well, but with QB Jordan Love still getting his feet wet, Green Bay likely won’t be as confident as it might have been with Aaron Rodgers under center.

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