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2012 Winter Classic Weather Forecast Update: No Rain Expected

The latest weather forecast for the 2012 NHL Winter Classic is encouraging for the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Rangers -- and the fans who will be in attendance at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pa. According to, the report is for it to be 41 degrees and sunny at 3 p.m. when the puck drops.

Earlier Monday, it will be partly cloudy with winds that could reach nearly 20 miles per hour, and a 20 percent chance of rain. Weather concerns already pushed the Winter Classic start time from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Last season, it rained on the Winter Classic between the Penguins and Capitals, causing delays. This season, NHL officials hope to avoid a repeat if the weather cooperates with the new start time.

Keep up with SB Nation New York's 2012 NHL Winter Classic for the latest coverage of the event. You can visit Blueshirt Banter for the Rangers perspective. For the Flyers perspective, see BroadStreetHockey or SBNation Philly.