Championship Forecast Presents Challenge
Up front let me be honest! Growing up in the Italian Market section of Philadelphia in the 1960s, we were big Green Bay Packer fans in my family thanks to the heritage of one Vince Lombardi (GB legendary head coach).
So come December, family holiday meals were planned around the Packer football games on TV. Since it was December, the weather at venerable Lambeau Field was always cold and snowy, hence the nicknamed “frozen tundra”.
I use this as a backdrop for our three local high school football teams heading to state title games this weekend. In a nutshell all 3 title games will resemble that polar clime of Green Bay.
Up front I prefer all our teams fan bases to arrive early, and in the case of Wayne and Belfry high, expect to stay the night to be safe.
Game 1, Belfry at WKU 3pm ET
It's a close call but chances are the Belfry Pirate-Wayne County game will be the nastiest of the 3 with a sleety snow falling and accumulating on the WKU gridiron. The wind will blow hard and make for a biting wind chill in the 20s.
I recommend Pirate fans leave as early as possible Friday morning since you will drive through more rain than snow/sleet the earlier you hit the road.
West of Lexington, London you will drive into the icy mix quickly.
Travel home after the game is not recommended as roads will be slippery. Saturday’s travel conditions will be much better as it turns cold and dry.
Game 2 Wayne vs Bridgeport 7:30 pm Friday
Pioneer fans counting on a 3-peat on Friday night will drive through an all day rain, some heavy, from Kenova to Charleston and north to Parkersburg on I-77. By the Cambridge interchange, snow and sleet will be mixing in for the final leg along I-70 to Wheeling.
It appears snow and sleet will cover the turf at Wheeling Island for the big game. Temperatures will hover near freezing during the game with a damp wind that will chill you to the bone.
Game 3 HHS-Martinsburg 12 noon Saturday
Highlander fans heading to Wheeling are best served traveling during the wet of Friday. I say that since a nighttime change to snow and sleet will make it all the way into the I-64 zone.
If you wait for Saturday morning, patchy ice and a dusting of snow could slow you down enough to make you late for the game.
With Saturday morning temperatures in the 20s from Huntington to Wheeling, roads will be salted the entire way I suspect.
Tim Irr tells me it is a 3.5 hour trip, so leaving in the morning, best to allow an extra 2 hours to make sure you make the noon kick.
Temperatures in the 20s with the field having been shoveled/plowed will make for an arctic setting even when the sun peaks out!