The weather forecast for Super Bowl XLVIII continues to improve, as the expected high for game day has climbed 10 degrees since earlier this week.
The Weather Channel is predicting a high of 49 degrees on Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J. and the temperature is expected to stay in the 40s until after kickoff. The low for the night is 29 and the chance of precipitation is down to 20 percent.
While that may not be picturesque Super Bowl weather, particularly for the pass-happy Denver Broncos, it's a significant improvement even from Monday, when forecasts called for a high of 39 degrees.
The weather for this year's title game, the first outdoor Super Bowl ever held in a cold-weather climate, was initially projected to be frigid and stormy. Last August, the Farmers' Almanac predicted freezing temperatures and winter storms would be moving through the Northeast in early February, sparking intensified controversy over the NFL's decision to hold the game in East Rutherford's uncovered MetLife Stadium.
While the area has been blanketed by winter storms over the last two months, it's cleared up just in time for the big game.
Peyton Manning, who has historically struggled in cold weather, has been adamant in his insistence that the Broncos aerial attack will not be affected by inclement weather, but it's hard not to imagine him allowing a subtle smile while watching the increasingly mild weather reports.