AFC Championship game forecast warmer than Rochester with hints of drizzle

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ROCHESTER, NY (WROC) – No more games at Orchard Park for the Buffalo Bills, and their next game (or games) will certainly be played in warmer weather. Here is a look at Kansas City’s climatology:

Being at a lower latitude, Kansas City averages around ten degrees warmer than Western New York. They also average 18.8″ of snow per year and are known for having high impact ice storms during the winter season as well as severe weather during the summer.

Average temperature for Kansas City on January 24 is 38°/20°. Warmer air does look to move in from the south and help send afternoon highs on Sunday into the upper 30s and 40s. Temperatures around game time will be right in that range and possibly a few degrees above average. Expect game time temperatures in the mid to upper 30s.

*FORECAST*

Kickoff is set for 6:40pm Sunday.

An incoming, strong winter storm system looks to hold off just in time for the game come Sunday evening. With an approaching trough of low pressure nearby, this system will eventually bring widespread precipitation to portions of northern Missouri and NE Kansas through the overnight hours into Monday. The bulk of the moisture with this system looks to hold off until after the game is over, but there could be hints of patchy drizzle with plenty of low level moisture around.

Most of the area including Kansas City should stay above freezing as mentioned above, which will limit chances for any freezing drizzle to develop until Monday morning north of the area. The freezing line manages to scrape by just north of Kansas City with plenty of warmer air present aloft leaving mainly rain showers, while those across northern Kansas and Missouri see more of a wintry mix, ice and widespread snow accumulations by Monday afternoon.

Hint: This system brings our next widespread snow chances to WNY. Get the latest details here.

Besides the light drizzle and chilly temps, the winds look calm and should not cause any issues to game play.

Since the boundary is weak, chances for high winds remain low, with just a light breeze at most. The rain gear may be needed, but it looks like the main points to take away will be how much milder and perhaps cloudier Kansas City will be over Rochester. Sunset is at 5:30pm, over an hour before the game.

~News 8 Weather Team

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