Cloud cover best for Winter Classic

Bright sunshine, as the AHL Marlies and Hamilton Bulldogs experienced in their outdoor game two...

Bright sunshine, as the AHL Marlies and Hamilton Bulldogs experienced in their outdoor game two seasons ago, can cause glare off the ice. (Ernest Doroszuk, Toronto Sun)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:03 AM ET

DETROIT - Rain delays in baseball are commonplace.

But sun delays in hockey?

NHL officials overseeing Wednesday’s historic Winter Classic at Michigan Stadium claim Mother Nature will likely not be an issue when the Maple Leafs and Red Wings skate out on to the ice in front of an estimated throng of 107,000 strong at The Big House, aside from thousands of frozen tootsies.

Temperatures are expected to be in the minus-11C range for the 1 o’clock, with winds up to 25 km/h, making it feel even frostier.

No big deal. It’s winter. It’s supposed to be cold. Deal with it.

More importantly, forecasts are calling for overcast skies with a 30-40% chance of flurries.

That’s good news. Because, for these outdoor games, clouds are good. Sunshine is not.

That was on display this weekend here in downtown Detroit for the Hockeytown Winter Festival where the weather was ideal.

Too ideal.


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