New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The National Football League made it official on Thursday, announcing the Buffalo Bills Week 12 game against the New York Jets will not take place at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
A new site and day/time have not been decided.
"Due to public safety concerns in light of the ongoing weather emergency in Western New York, Sunday's Jets-Bills game will not be played in Buffalo," NFL spokesman Michael Signora said in a statement. "We are in the process of rescheduling and relocating the game as part of Week 12. We will provide additional information as soon as possible.
"We have been in contact with the public authorities and we realize the importance of all available public safety resources being available for the community at this difficult time. We are also in discussions with the team and the Red Cross on ways the NFL can support the community through this weather disaster."
A ferocious lake-effect storm dumped more than five feet of snow in the Buffalo area, especially south and east of the city, where the stadium is located. Another storm is expected to drop another two feet prompting New York governor Andrew Cuomo to chime in on the situation earlier on Thursday.
"My sense is it's impractical to do the game because it would jeopardize public safety," said Gov. Cuomo on Thursday after spending time in the area. "Everybody would love to see a Bills game go forward, but, I think even more, everybody wants to make sure public safety comes first.
"If there's any way we can scramble to get it done ... we'll do everything we can to deploy resources to make it possible."
A travel ban for the area is still in place and the Bills have yet to practice for the contest, which could be moved to a new location for Sunday, Monday or even Tuesday.