Initial forecast for Pats-Bills calls for nasty weather in Buffalo

/by Darren Hartwell

The weather in Orchard Park, N.Y., played a key role in the New England' Week 13 win over the Buffalo Bills. Will history repeat itself on Wild Card weekend?

The No. 6 seed are set to play the No. 3 seed Bills at 8:15 p.m. ET in Saturday night's AFC playoff matchup at Highmark Field. Weather should be a major storyline based on how things played out in their first meeting: Strong winds helped neutralize Josh Allen and the Bills' passing attack, while the attempted just three passes and ran 46 times for 222 yards to grind out a 14-10 win.

So, what's the forecast looking like for Saturday? As you'd expect for a January night in Buffalo, it's gonna be cold -- with the possibility for snow.

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Editor's Note: We'll continue to update this post as the forecast changes. Below is the latest forecast for Saturday in Orchard Park, N.Y. as of Tuesday.

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Kevin O'Neill and Patrick Hammer of the NBC affiliate WGRZ in Buffalo both noted Monday that snow could be a possibility with a potential storm nearby.

A long way out, but I’ve looked three weather models for Bills game Saturday night.Snow likely,Temperatures near 20°.⛄️

— Kevin O’Neill (@KevinBuffalo) January 10, 2022

Rather tricky as there will be a storm nearby...may miss us to the South so going with just a chance for light snow with temps in the 20s

— Patrick Hammer (@pathammer) January 10, 2022

It's impossible to predict the weather six days out -- especially in Western New York and especially with a potential storm in the vicinity -- so expect these forecasts to change throughout the week.

If you're a fan, though, the most important factor to watch might be wind. As our Matt Cassel explained earlier this season, wind is the most challenging element to deal with as a quarterback (more so than snow, rain or cold). New England boasts a strong running game that's somewhat wind resistant while Buffalo leans heavily on its passing game (fifth in the NFL in passing attempts this season), so a windy night would seem to give the an advantage.

There's a lot of time between now and 8:15 p.m. on Saturday, but we do know it's going to feel a lot like winter in-Bills Round 3.