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Good news for Pats: Snow possible

12/17/2010
Jerry Lai/US Presswire

The exact forecast is still unclear, but the New England Patriots could be looking at playing their second consecutive game in snowy, windy conditions on Sunday night when they take on the Green Bay Packers in Foxborough.

There’s a storm a-brewin’ and it seems to be headed our way, with a mix of snow, rain and wind in the long-term forecast.

“There will be some precipitation,’’ National Weather Service meteorologist Alan Dunham told the Boston Globe on Friday morning. “There will be some snow and some rain and some wind. We just don’t know how much yet.’’

According to the latest forecast on weather.com, there is a 60 percent chance of precipitation in the Foxborough area on Sunday night. That should come as good news to the Patriots, who have won 11 straight games with snow falling (includes 3 playoff games, dating back to 2001).

“Honestly, I didn’t even know that,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said earlier this week when informed of his team’s record in the snow. “That’s great. We’ll get the snow-making machines out there; start firing it up. I wasn’t even aware of it. Those aren’t the kind of records I keep track of.

“Look, our team has to be ready to play in whatever the elements are every week. They practice in them. They play in them. They’re the ones that are out there trying to throw, catch, kick in those conditions, tackle, block, whatever it is. We’ve got some good football players. Those guys prepare for not only the opponent they have to play, but also the conditions they have to play in, whether it’s 90 degrees against Cincinnati or zero against Chicago. That’s their job and they do a good job of it. They’re the ones that deserve the credit. They’re out there playing.”

They’re not just playing in the snow, they’re thriving in it: The Patriots have outscored their opponents 109-0 in first half of their last three snow games. 109-0.



“[The Packers] play in some bad weather also," Vince Wilfork said Friday. "Once again, in December, you get football weather, especially up in the northern part of the states. Green Bay is no stranger to bad weather. But we don’t play the weather, we play the Green Bay Packers and I’m pretty sure they’re saying the same thing. We’ve got our hands full, but it’s December, and you have to find a way to win. We have to continue that this week.”

We’ll keep you up to date on the Sunday night forecast throughout the weekend.

Update (4:52 p.m.): The latest forecast now predicts the storm will take a more eastern course and miss southern New England for the most part.