There's a 70 percent chance of rain for New Year's Day on Saturday, with most of the showers falling between 12 p.m. and 3 p.m, just when the Penguins and Capitals are hoping to battle on the ice at Heinz Field. That's the forecast from WPXI in Pittsburgh.
Temperatures are still predicted to be warm -- around 50 degrees -- but that's not a problem for Dan Craig and the NHL's high-tech ice machines. As we've mentioned before, however, the game cannot be played in any rain harder than a drizzle. The water won't freeze fast enough and it will puddle on the ice, making hockey impossible.
We brushed the forecast off earlier in the week, comparing it to the same situation we saw last year in Boston. The weather looked bad four days before the game a year ago, as well, and as it turned out, things were perfect on game day. Now, though, we're exactly 48 hours from puck drop and things still look grim.