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Snow expected for Winter Classic

Dec 31, 2013, 9:43 AM EST

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That’s a view of Ann Arbor this morning, shot from the 12th floor of the lovely Campus Inn hotel. If you look just to the right of those buildings in the middle and squint hard enough, you can almost make out the Big House, site of tomorrow’s Winter Classic between the Red Wings and Maple Leafs.

There’s a light snow falling at the moment, with temperatures around 15F. According to the Weather Network, the forecast for tomorrow is snow during the morning, transitioning to snow showers in the afternoon. The game starts at 1 p.m. ET, meaning the weather could create a pretty compelling scene for both those in the stadium and watching at home.

“In hockey, the success of the Winter Classic started in Buffalo because of that snow,” NBC Sports executive producer Sam Flood said yesterday during a conference call. “I think that snow-globe effect is something that people started talking about immediately. The snow-globe could be in full effect come New Year’s Day with 110-some-odd-thousand people around on a beautiful sheet of ice.”

Related: Greetings from the Big House

  1. muckleflugga - Dec 31, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    rob ford cleared customs and immigration…?

  2. pandorasdadca - Dec 31, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Mmmm. Snow and 15 degrees? That’s why I’ll be watching from Sunny Cali.

    • zfeint - Dec 31, 2013 at 10:36 AM

      Mmmm. Snow and 15 degrees? That’s why I moved to Michigan from Sunny Cali.

      • bullwinkle88 - Dec 31, 2013 at 1:37 PM

        Hmmm. Snow and 15 degrees? That’s why I stayed up North!

  3. muckleflugga - Dec 31, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    mmmm snow and 15 degrees

    springtime in the foothills of the rockies…that’s why we return…always

    the great white north

  4. mafiakelli - Dec 31, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    I was in Boston for the Classic a few years ago & I personally think the snow that day made it an even better experience! I would love to be at the game on Wed!

  5. joey4id - Dec 31, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    This is why I’m not a big fan of these games. It is tough enough to battle the elements on the ice for 60+ minutes for 2 very important points in normal conditions, but now you have to play in extra ordinary conditions and battle the elements of mother nature. Not good purely from a hockey perspective, but extremely good from an entertaining and marketing perspective.

    • mafiakelli - Dec 31, 2013 at 11:50 AM

      WOW….growing up in NE with friends that played on outside ponds, we were outside no matter what the weather!…in my opinion, Hockey should be played outside! That’s where it started & honestly if you ask those who played in high school & college, they prefer it outside

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