Storm Sends Fans Into OT

Leave later for Monday's Redskins game

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    Sporting events from NFL games to harness races were rescheduled Saturday as a winter storm swept across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, dumping more than a foot of snow in some areas.

    The storm has pushed back the Baltimore Ravens home game against the Chicago Bears from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Luckily for the Washington Redskins, they don't play until Monday night, giving workers more time to dig out FedEx Field.

    Officials said they expect to remove 25 million pounds of snow from the field -- a team record for pregame snow removal, NBC4's Hakem Dermish reported. More than 2,000 workers will be brought in to clear the snow.

    The team prepared for the storm by sending staffers to Buffalo to get an idea of how the Bills handle their snowstorms. The team also contacted other organizations more familiar with snow -- the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Denver Broncos and the New England Patriots -- for storm advice.

    Fans attending Monday night's game are encouraged to head to the stadium in the late afternoon because of the weather. Metro still has not said whether it will be running to FedEx Field.

    In Salem, Va., the NCAA Division III football championship had its kickoff moved back from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. before taking place.
    Several college basketball games were postponed, too.

    Virginia's home game against UNC-Wilmington was put off until later in the season, even though the Seahawks were already in Charlottesville.

    Athletic director Craig Littlepage said the school didn't want to make fans come out in heavy snow on slick roads.

    The university's aquatic and fitness center has been opened as a Red Cross emergency shelter for stranded travelers.

    In Washington, where 14 inches of snow were recorded at Reagan National Airport across the Potomac, a men's game between Maryland-Baltimore County and American was rescheduled from Saturday to Sunday, and George Washington's women's game against Mount St. Mary's also was postponed, but hadn't been rescheduled yet.

    Georgetown postponed its women's game against Jacksonville State to later in the season.