Tropical storm conditions were expected to begin Friday along portions of the East Coast. According to the National Hurricane Center, there is also a danger of life-threatening storm surge, high surf and rip currents, along with heavy rainfall across the Mid-Atlantic, from North Carolina to New Jersey.
The center said the storm effects could continue through the weekend as the storm moves north.
If the current forecast holds up, the storm could impact three NFL games slated to start Sunday afternoon:
New England Patriots at New York Jets
Buffalo Bills at Washington Commanders
Indianapolis Colts at Baltimore Ravens
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Tropical storm conditions are expected along portions of the southeastern and mid-Atlantic U.S. coasts within the Tropical Storm Warning area today into Saturday night.
— National Weather Service (@NWS) September 22, 2023
How will NFL games be affected by possible tropical storm?
The current forecast predicts sustained winds will decrease by the time kickoff starts, but it could still create conditions that are not ideal for teams and fans Sunday.
John Feerick, senior meteorologist at AccuWeather, told USA TODAY Sports that the Bills-Commanders and Colts-Ravens games should avoid the worst of the storm, with "the worst of the rain" on Saturday night.
"There still might be some rain around. At that point, the storm will have lost quite a bit of wind intensity, so I don't think we're talking about necessarily a windswept rain or anything like that during the day," Feerick said before the storm became Ophelia.
However, conditions might not be favorable at MetLife Stadium for the Jets and Patriots, Feerick added.
"I would say if there's a game that's potentially more impacted by rain and potentially a windswept rain, it's probably the Patriots-Jets game on Sunday," he said. "Certainly things can still change between now and then."
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