By Eric Schmidt

The NFL regular season has moved into it’s final month and with the approach of Winter, the weather will now become a factor in several NFL contests. Starting this week, there is a potential for several games to be impacted with precipitation, with even the chance or very heavy snow in tonight’s matchup between the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers.

A cold front extends from Maine through the Tennessee Valley and back into the panhandle of Texas. Several NFL cities will see copious amounts of rain this afternoon. Buffalo, Cincinnati, Cleveland as well as the Washington Redskins game this afternoon have forecast of likely rain. Rain is forecast for Pittsburgh where a high temperature of 53 is expected.

Rain is also forecast for New Jersey as the New York Giants host the New Orleans Saints. Rain is like as well in Seattle as another storm system approaches. The nicest weather of the weekend will be in Tampa. Dense morning fog will give way to bright, sunny skies with a high of 81 expected while the Buccaneers host the Philadelphia Eagles.

Sunday night’s game could be the first contest of the season with snow making an appearance. Green Bay has a 100% chance of snow this afternoon as a wintry mix takes over as evening approaches. A high of 33 and a low of 29 is predicted for the area on Sunday.

Monday night, NFL fans will be treated to a marquee matchup in primetime. The New England Patriots will be hosting the Houston Texans. The region has a 100% chance of rain Sunday through Monday with the chance of rain tapering somewhat Monday evening. A low of 40 degrees is forecast for Monday night.

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