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NEW YORK (CBS4)- The weather questions started four years ago when New Jersey got the bid for the Super Bowl. And they haven’t let up since then.

“The big question is always, ‘Will we have a snow storm? And will it be frigid cold?’” said New Jersey State Climatologist David Robinson.

He and his staff at Rutgers University created BigGameWeather.com.

“We get data every five minutes from these 56 stations,” said Robinson.

It has become the go-to website for weather information leading up to and for the game at MetLife Stadium on Super Bowl Sunday.

“Looking at maximum temperatures, minimum temperatures, precipitation and snowfall,” said Robinson.

Those stats aren’t just for football fans. Emergency management officials in New Jersey are using that data to get ready for the big game.

“Because they have to be prepared for just about anything,” said Robinson.

We’re here in an advisory role, the go-to people for things weather and climate in the state. We don’t forecast the weather but we have the climatological background and numbers to be able to give you a picture of what could be expected.”

“It’s about a one out of 10 chance that it could snow,” said Robinson. “That is not a high probability event for February 2nd.”

The average temperature for that day is about 34 degrees and partly cloudy and dry. That is what it is expected to be for the Super Bowl on Sunday.

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