Ice, Snow Postpone Saturday's Game Versus Pistons

Find a safe place to turn around and head back home if you're already started your sojourn to the Moda Center for Saturday night's game versus the Pistons, as the contest has been rescheduled for Sunday at 6 PM due to a ice and snow storm that is forecasted to roll into the Portland metro area Saturday afternoon.

“The safety of our fans and players is always the highest priority, and this decision to delay our home game until Sunday was made with that in mind,” said Trail Blazers President & CEO Chris McGowan via press release.  “Input from the NBA, local government and public safety officials also played a role in our decision to postpone until Sunday.”

Forecasts are calling for snow, which has already begun to fall in the metro area, and up to an inch of ice, which could begin to accumulate just as players, coaches, team and arena staff and fans are scheduled to arrive at the arena. Given that prospect and the fact that neither team is scheduled to play again until Tuesday, the decision was made to bump Saturday's game to Sunday, when the whether is expected to be more manageable.

Tickets for the now-cancelled game on Saturday will be honored for Sunday's game. Ticket holders who can't make it to Sunday's game also have the option of trading in their tickets for "a comparably valued game in the future." Fans who do plan on attending Sunday's game are encouraged to show up earlier -- the arena will open at 4:30 pm for the 6 pm tipoff -- and take alternate forms of transportation.

This is the first time in over 10 years that a Trail Blazers home game has been postponed due to weather, with the last instance taking place almost exactly 12 years ago when "severe weather conditions" forced the cancellation of a game between the Trail Blazers and Grizzlies on January 6, 2005. The Trail Blazers did have a game versus the Nets postponed on January 29, 2015 due to snow, though that game was scheduled to take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Saturday's scheduled game between the Portland Winterhawks and Everett Silvertips has also been postponed, though a date for the makeup game is still to be determined.