Rain, Gusty Winds to Affect Key NFL Matchup Tonight

By Brian Edwards, Meteorologist
November 11, 2012; 4:12 PM ET
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Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall (15) catches a 13-yard touchdown pass as he is defended by Tennessee Titans cornerback Coty Sensabaugh (24) and safety Michael Griffin (33) in the first quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Joe Howell)

Rainy and very windy conditions will affect the game between the Bears and Texans tonight, a key matchup between the NFL's top two teams.

The 7-1 Houston Texans play in Chicago tonight against the 7-1 Bears and weather could be a huge factor.

A cold front which brought blizzard conditions to the northern Plains will track through the Windy City late this evening, bringing a rain and even some snow overnight. Winds out ahead of this front are already gusting to near 40 mph and these winds will continue into tonight. During the game, don't be surprised if there are a couple of wind gusts to 45 mph, especially early on.

Rain is expected to develop in Chicago right around or just prior to the kickoff time of 8:20 p.m. EST. There can also be a couple of thunderstorms, especially when precipitation moves in initially.

Rain will continue throughout the game, causing Soldier Field to become wet and slippery very quickly.

What many thought would be a battle between the Texans' high-powered offense and the Bears' top-notch defense could turn into a defensive battle on both sides.

By the fourth quarter, much-colder air will be knocking on the doorstep and as fans are leaving the stadium late tonight, temperatures will be falling through the 40s.

On the drive home from the game, residents in the western suburbs could even experience a brief changeover to wet snow or sleet!

Some of that wintry precipitation could move into the city during the pre-dawn hours before drier air moves in by sunrise Monday.

This front will signal a change to much-cooler weather as high temperatures on Monday won't get out of the 30s, just a day removed from 60-degree temperatures.

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