Below Normal Cold and Snow Greets Pittsburgh Pirates Home Opener


Unusual cold and snow made for a memorable Pittsburgh Pirates’ opening home game for more reasons than just the play and the final score.

Pirates fans were greeted with temperatures nearly 20 degrees below the normal average high for April, and almost 10 degrees below the average low for the time of year. The cold temperatures were accompanied by heavy snow, as reported by Fox News.

“Bizarre snowstorm showers over Pirates’ home opener vs Orioles at PNC Park,” was the title to Fox News’ coverage of the game. “An all-out snowstorm broke out on the Allegheny River, as PNC Park looked like a winter wonderland in the middle of spring.

“The broadcast looked like a fuzzy television screen, as the snow was piling on the field … [t]he Pirates have not played through snow since 2018 …,” Fox News continued.

Fox News noted the Allegheny region has been unusually cold this spring.

Reporting on the unusual weather conditions, the New York Post said the game was played in the middle of an “insane April snow,” writing, “it doesn’t seem as if the old saying ‘April showers bring May flowers’ accounted for snow.”


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