(Reuters) – The NFL playoff game between the Buffalo Bills and the visiting Pittsburgh Steelers has been postponed until Monday due to a winter storm, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul said on Saturday .
The match, originally scheduled for Sunday at 1:00 p.m. ET (6:00 p.m. GMT), will now begin on Monday at 4:30 p.m., Hochul wrote on social media.
Hochul said she has been in communication with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell regarding conditions expected to be dangerous in Buffalo this weekend.
“In consultation with our emergency response teams, @BuffaloBills management and the NFL, the Bills game will be rescheduled for 4:30 p.m. Monday,” Hochul said.
In another post, Hochul said traveling was going to be “extremely dangerous” in Western New York and that she was implementing a total travel ban in Erie County starting Saturday.
The Bills (11-6) won their final five games of the regular season to clinch the AFC East division title while the Steelers (10-7) are riding a three-game winning streak.
In anticipation of the storm, the Bills had asked Friday for anyone interested in shoveling snow at their stadium — for $20 an hour and with free food — to arrive on site Saturday at 10 p.m. to prepare the site for the match. .
(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto, editing by Ed Osmond)
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