Doesn’t this figure? After the University of Minnesota, hundreds of shovelers and the NFL spent an entire week getting TCF Bank Stadium ready for tonight’s Monday Night Football game between the Bears and Vikings, here’s what the National Weather Service forecasts for Minneapolis today and tonight:
Today: Snow likely, possibly mixed with freezing drizzle before noon, then snow. High near 25. East southeast wind between 11 and 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Little or no ice accumulation expected. Total daytime snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.
Tonight: Snow, mainly before midnight. Low around 23. East southeast wind at 11 mph becoming west. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
Here’s a more specific map of what the Minneapolis area might expect:
So, somewhere around of 5-6 inches of snow should be blanketing the area around TCF Bank Stadium during the day and evening hours. The west wind noted in the forecast will be blowing directly through the open end of the stadium where the scoreboard is located. That’ll make things difficult not only for the team heading toward that end zone, but for them to keep the field clear — the Bears already had a tough time in those conditions last Sunday against the Patriots, not to mention the difficulty for for fans to get to the stadium in tough road conditions.
It’ll be an upset if either team scores more than 14 points. The Bears have not won in Minnesota since 2006.