The New York Mets will face off against not only the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field this weekend, but also another familiar foe: snow! The National Weather Service is forecasting 3 to 6 inches of snow for Denver this evening, significantly impacting this series, but snow has hampered the Mets’ schedule more often than fans have thought during their franchise history.
There have been 11 games in Mets franchise history that were rescheduled due to snow. Some storms were more significant than others.
April 6-7, 1982
The Mets were scheduled to open the 1982 season at Veterans’ Stadium in Philadelphia against the Phillies on April 6. The problem was that 3.5 inches of snow fell in Philadelphia that day as part of an unusual late-season snowstorm that gave parts of the Northeastern United States over 10 inches of snow.
The forecast the next day called for temperatures in the 20s and wind chills in the teens during their game, so the teams postponed that game too as to not have fans sit through the cold weather. Conditions finally moderated enough by April 8, where Randy Jones and the Mets beat eventual Cy Young winner Steve Carlton by a 7-2 margin. The high temperature that day reached 43 degrees in Philadelphia.
April 17, 1983
2.1 inches of snow fell in St. Louis where the Mets were scheduled to play the Cardinals.
April 10, 1986
The Mets saw their opening series on the road against the Pirates cut short because 1.4 inches of snow blanketed the Pittsburgh area the day of their series finale.
April 13, 1996
A mix of rain and 0.3 inches of snow prevented the Mets and Rockies from playing that day in Denver.
April 9, 2000
New York City went from 71 degrees on April 8 to 1.2 inches of snow the morning of April 9, and that snow postponed a Mets game at Shea Stadium for the only time ever. They were to face the Dodgers.
April 12-18, 2013
Think of the two outdoor baseball venues most primed for April snowstorms. They are Target Field in Minneapolis and Coors Field in Denver. In the Mets’ luck, the league scheduled the Mets to travel to both cities in the same road trip in April, and both cities experienced snowy conditions during this infamous road trip for the team.
From April 12-14, 2013, Minneapolis experienced accumulating snow each day the Mets were there. The Mets and Twins, got two games in before the finale was postponed.
The Mets then went to Denver to play the Rockies, but the first game was wiped out because seven inches of snow fell in the city that day. This storm was most notable because Mets general manager Sandy Alderson helped Rockies employees clear the snow from the spacious Coors Field to get a doubleheader in on April 16.
The Mets saw another game snowed out on April 17 when two more inches of snow fell. They got a game in the next day in freezing temperatures before the Mets finally returned home. The Mets had three games in four days postponed due to snow.
April 2, 2018
The Mets and Phillies were snowed out of Citi Field when 5.5 inches of snow fell across the city that morning and crews were unable to clear the fresh pack of snow out in time for their game that evening. It was just the second time a Mets home game was postponed due to snow, and the first and only time at Citi Field. The teams returned to play the next night as normal.
April 16, 2021
The first two weeks of the 2021 Mets season were quite wild with cancellations, with a COVID issue and lots of rain, and then flew into a winter storm in Denver that dropped 6.9 inches of snow in a 36-hour span leading up to scheduled game time. The Mets played a doubleheader the next day.