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Weather Could be a Huge Factor in Giants-Eagles Showdown

From: AP

The NFC semifinal between the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants on Sunday probably will be played in near-freezing temperatures with wind gusts reaching 25 mph.

The National Weather Service said Friday a storm is expected to start Saturday afternoon and end early Sunday, leaving 6 to 8 inches of snow in the area where Giants Stadium is located.

“It looks like by gametime, it should be dry, but it will be cold,” meteorologist Brian Ciemnecki told The Associated Press on Friday.

Ciemnecki said temperatures for the 1 p.m. EST kickoff will hover around 32 degrees, with winds gusting out of the northwest from 15 to 25 mph.

“It looks like classic cold football weather,” Ciemnecki said. “There could be some snow showers left over for those heading to tailgate really early. That also could be an issue for clearing the parking lots.”

The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, which operates the 78,000-seat stadium in the Meadowlands sports complex, salted the plazas, seating areas and stadium spirals on Friday and covered the field after the Giants practiced.

The authority plans to bring in 300 people starting around 3 p.m. Saturday to clear the snow out of the stadium. The crew will work through the night.

“We’re shoveling,” sports authority spokesman John Samerjan said.

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