Super Sundays not always sunny, as expected in Colorado Springs

February 1, 2014 Updated: February 2, 2014 at 5:40 am
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Pigeons huddle around a heat vent in downtown Colorado Springs during the snowfall Friday, January 31, 2014. Photo by Mason Trinca, The Gazette

Super Bowl Sunday will be sunny - but cold - in Colorado Springs.

But, after the last two days of slick roads, snow and crashes, it might be a welcome break.

"The good thing is Sunday is going to be mostly sunny so everybody will have a good day," said Peggy Perales, of the National Weather Service in Pueblo.

The Colorado Springs forecast calls for a high in the mid-20s and a low around 10 Sunday night.

That's not exactly grilling-out weather, but, as Perales said, "It's winter."

In the New York City area, where the Denver Broncos will take on the Seattle Seahawks for the NFL's top honors, the weather will be practically balmy with a high expected in the low 40s at kickoff time.

Sunday's Super Bowl will narrowly miss being the coldest ever if the forecast stands.

With the forecast in the 40s, the game will be a touch warmer than Super Bowl VI in 1972 in New Orleans.

Kickoff time there came in at 39 degrees.

The Dallas Cowboys turned out to be the better cold-weather team, beating the Miami Dolphins 24-3.

When the Green Bay Packers lined up against the San Francisco 49ers in the playoffsthis season at Lambeau Field in Wisconsin, it was frigid at 5 degrees with a windchill down to -10 degrees.

San Francisco won, 23-20.

Sunny Sunday in the Springs will be replaced by another cold front that will roll into the northern parts of the state Monday and hit the Springs area Monday night with cold and snow.

"Winter will return after a little warm spell," Perales said. "The next system will move into the northern areas on Monday and affect Colorado Springs Monday evening through Tuesday with another shot of snow."

A quick-hitting winter storm Friday night spurred several crashes on slick roads in Colorado Springs. Most of the city's main roads were cleared Saturday.

The first week of February, Perales said, will be about 20 degrees below the average normals in Colorado Springs and Pueblo.

The average high temperature in Pueblo for February is 50, while the average high in the Springs is about 43.

"Temperatures are going to be pretty low," Perales said. "Dress warm and stay dry."

In Omaha, by the way, the forecast for Super Bowl Sunday calls for a high of 28 under sunny skies.

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