NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that the league is working with the Bills to determine the viability of Ralph Wilson Stadium -- which, like the rest of the region, is under a thick blanket of snow.
A Bills spokesman told Rapoport that the team is "working on snow removal and (the) plan is to still (play) at Sunday at 1 (p.m. ET), and that "if that were to change, it would be the league's call." Rapoport added that there is a driving ban, so there are currently no players at the stadium.
Rapoport also contacted a league official, who said there is no specific timeline in place, and the league will make a decision based on input from the team and local authorities.
Approximately four feet of snow was dumped on the region by Wednesday, a figure confirmed by the team spokesman, who added that another two to three feet have been predicted for Thursday. The forecast calls for a rise in temperature by the weekend, but more snowfall is expected before then. ESPN's Ed Werder reported that the Bills have concerns beyond stadium accessibility, including practice preparation and team meetings.
Lake effect snow is no joke. To wit ...
PHOTO: The inside of Ralph Wilson stadium under a thick blanket of snow and blowing drifts. pic.twitter.com/7Hg3gFcOMIâ Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) November 19, 2014
Lake effect snow is real pic.twitter.com/PQecXRD8XKâ Eric Wood (@EWood70) November 18, 2014
And then there's this ...
Bill Polian told me yesterday the reason Ralph Wilson Stadium built in Orchard Park was land cheap because highest accumulation of snow.â Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) November 19, 2014
Consequences, consequences, consequences.