The first round of NFL playoff action with the Houston Texans defending against the Cincinnati Bengals. The game will take place at 4:30 p.m. EST (3:30 p.m. local time) at Houston's Reliant Stadium today.
Reliant Stadium is protected from the weather by its mostly glass roof, but tailgaters can look forward to warm temperatures.
"A cold front will be coming through there at night, but it will be warmer ahead of that," said AccuWeather.com Senior Expert Meteorologist Dan Kottlowski. "Temperatures around game time should be in the mid-70s with just an outside chance of a shower. They probably won't see much precipitation in Houston and certainly not anything significant."
Kottlowski also said to expect variably cloudy skies with partial sunshine and west winds of about 8 mph around kickoff. Watch live coverage on NBC beginning at 4 p.m. EST.
Saturday night, playoff action moves to The Big Easy where the Detroit Lions will take on the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans at 8 p.m. EST.
Like Houston's Reliant Stadium, the Superdome has a roof to protect fans and players from possible inclement weather conditions.
"That could help keep people dry Saturday night," said AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Meghan Evans. "They'll see temperatures in the mid-60s with partly cloudy skies, but a shower could move in before kickoff. Things should dry out during the game, though."
Coverage begins following the Houston vs. Cincinnati game on NBC.
New York Giants' defensive end Osi Umenyiora (72) recovers a fumble by Atlanta Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan as Giants' Rocky Bernard (95), and Falcons' offensive tackle Justin Blalock (63), running back Verron Haynes (36) and running back Jason Snelling (44) look on during the second quarter of an NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2009, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
On Sunday, the Atlanta Falcons travel to the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., to take on the New York Giants at 1 p.m. EST.
AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Meghan Evans said "Temperatures should be in the low 40s and high pressure will be in control. Things will be a little chilly but mostly clear with just a few patchy clouds and no real wind gusts."
Watch for coverage on FOX to start at noon EST.
Chilly air and variably cloudy skies may be in store when the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium in Denver for the final playoff game of the weekend Sunday evening.
"I've been laboring over this all week. We could see some snow flurries Saturday night into Sunday morning, but things should clear up by game time," AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Bernie Rayno said. "It's going to be chilly, for sure, on Sunday. We'll see variable clouds, with a kickoff temperature of about 34° at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, 3:30 p.m. local time."
CBS will be airing the game with coverage starting at 4 p.m. EST.
A new tropical threat may loom for the Caribbean and North America in the not-too-distant future, while eight more weeks remain in the Atlantic hurricane season.
The greatest danger of flooding across the central United States will unfold in western Texas, where downpours will be most persistent into Monday.
Fall air has finally arrived in the northeastern United States and may yield the first frost of the season in parts of the region this weekend.
Typhoon Megi will continue to strengthen before threatening lives and property across Taiwan and eastern China this week.
The first windstorm of the season could blast the northern United Kingdom around Tuesday of this coming week as Karl arrives.
Hot, dry and windy weather into Monday will lead to an increased risk of wildfires across Southern California.
College Park, MD ()
Tornado causes damage to buildings on Univ. of MD campus. 2 people were killed.
SC, GA & N FL (1888)
Southern frost, earliest frost ever so far south.
Yellowstone, MT (1926)
Minus 9 degrees F., lowest for U.S. in September. Severe widespread frost with great crop destruction. Earliest snow in Spokane Co., Washington.