Winter Classic Weather: Rain Still In Forecast For New Year's Day In Pittsburgh

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.

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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. 

Weather.com has a similar forecast

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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. 

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