It’s snowing in Seattle. It’s looking likely that for just the third time ever, the Seahawks will play on snow inside Lumen Field for Sunday’s game between Seattle and the Chicago Bears. There was a winter storm warning in effect for Northwest Washington in the hours prior to Sunday’s 4:05 p.m. kickoff. The warning will be into effect until 3 p.m. PST.
Heavy snowfall blanketed Western Washington overnight on Saturday, leaving between 2-5 inches of snowfall. An additional 2 inches of snow was expected to fall prior to kickoff. Along with snow, the two teams will play in freezing temperatures. The temperature at kickoff is expected to be at 27 degrees but is expended to dip to below 20 degrees once the sun sets.
It’s been well over a decade since the last time Seattle played a home game in snow. They won a 13-3 decision over the New York Jets in 2008. Two years earlier, they won a 34-24 decision in the snow against the Green Bay Packers.
Seattle has an offense that is built for playing in wintry conditions. While they are just 23rd in the NFL in rushing, the Seahawks are eighth in the league in yards-per-carry average (4.5 yards). DeeJay Dallas ran for 41 yards and a touchdown one eight attempts in last Monday night’s loss to the Rams. Rashaad Penny contributed with 39 yards on 11 carries.
Seattle (5-9) is currently in 13th place in the NFC standings, while Chicago (4-10) is one of five teams that have already been eliminated from postseason contention.