Wild Weather Forecast for the NFL Wildcard Weekend

By , Expert Senior Meteorologist
January 5, 2014; 11:27 AM ET
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Though the NFL Playoffs started in the dome at Indianapolis on Saturday afternoon, weather will progressively impact each game through the weekend, finishing with temperatures as low as the negative double digits.

The weather did not have a major impact on the game in Philadelphia on Saturday night when the Eagles hosted the New Orleans Saints. Although temperatures were in the mid-20s throughout the game, it was dry with little to no wind.

This will change dramatically on Sunday as both games will battle the elements.

The storm in the Midwest will impact the playoff game at Cincinnati where the Bengals host the San Diego Chargers on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. EST. A bit of a wintry mix will change to some rain during the day on Sunday.

However, temperatures will plunge after the game and a period of blinding snow is possible that can leave a few inches.

In grand fashion this weekend, the final game on Sunday will be the coldest of the bunch at Green Bay, where the Packers host the 49ers at 4:30 p.m. EST. With the Midwest storm to the east, no snow will be falling at Lambeau Field. However, it may be a little reminiscent of the Ice Bowl from the 1960s.

Temperatures for this game will not be as extreme, but will be dangerous for folks who are not properly dressed to sit out for hours. Temperatures will start off around 4 above zero and will dip below zero during the second half. RealFeel® temperatures will range from 3 below zero to 20 below zero, due to a northwest wind averaging 10 to 20 mph. The ground will feel like concrete as a result of days of subfreezing temperatures.

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This year's game at Lambeau Field will not be the coldest playoff/championship game ever in the NFL. The top honor goes to the Ice Bowl on Dec. 31, 1967, at Lambeau with a game time temperature of 13 below zero and a wind chill of 38 below zero.

Conditions for the game on Sunday at Green Bay will be similar to the NFC Championship Game on Jan. 20, 2008, when the Packers and Giants played in conditions with a temperature of 4 below zero and a wind chill of 24 below zero.

A close runner-up was the game at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati on Jan. 10, 1982. The game time temperature was 9 below zero with a wind chill of 59 below zero.

Story thumbnail image shows the Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones (89) running against Chicago Bears safety Chris Conte (47) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)


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