Frigid Temps at NFL Conference Championships

By By Gina Cherundolo, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
January 25, 2011, 3:16:52 AM EST

The AFC and NFC Championship games today won't be a walk in the park for the four teams involved.

Not only do both games have a 3.5-point spread with the Steelers and Packers as respective favorites, according to Fox Sports, the weather this weekend will have below-normal temperatures at both games.

The coldest weather of the winter so far invaded the eastern half of the country starting on Friday, sending temperatures plunging in Chicago and Pittsburgh, where the NFC and AFC Championships will be played.

Thermometers registered a high of 17 degrees F in Chicago on Saturday, following a brutally cold day with temperatures in the single digits on Friday. By the 3 p.m. EST game time today, temperatures will be around 16 degrees, with the Bears taking on the Packers under mostly cloudy skies.


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As the game at Soldier Field concludes, the AFC Championship between the Steelers and Jets kicks off at 6:30 p.m. EST at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

Weather conditions at this game will be much like the earlier game in Chicago, with temperatures dipping into the low teens.

This forecast is considerably colder than the weather conditions during the Week 15 matchup at Heinz Field, where the high that day was a chilly 26 degrees. The Jets defeated the Steelers 22 to 17.

This should be the last cold weather the teams will have to play in. The Super Bowl will be played at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, where the normal high temperature on Feb. 6 is 58 degrees. The stadium is also domed with a retractable roof.

The NFL Pro Bowl will take place the weekend prior to the Super Bowl in Honolulu, where the normal high temperature is 80 degrees.

Keep checking back with AccuWeather.com as we continue to cover the weather conditions for the remainder of the NFL season.

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