WPXI in Pittsburgh has updated their forecast for New Years' Day, and according to them, there's now a 90 percent chance of rain at Heinz Field on Saturday. That's not particularly comforting to the NHL, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals, who are hoping to play a meaningful hockey game there at 1 p.m. Eastern.
But will the NHL be able to play the game later in the afternoon, as their backup plan dictates? The hour-by-hour forecast from Weather.com predicts that no, they won't.
Like we've said all week, mild temperatures are fine but heavy rain is not. It will puddle on the ice and when it does freeze, will create a dangerous, uneven playing surface.