By Eric Schmidt

As we move towards the end of the NFL regular season and the start of winter, weather is becoming a factor in weekly football games. Rain played a role in several games last Sunday and the NFL recorded it’s first snow game, a contest played between the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions. Several NFL games this week will see rain once again.

A cold front is located along the Mississippi Valley to the Gulf Coast with an associated low pressure centered over northern Iowa and Southern Minnesota. Ahead of the cold front, a warm front is lifting up through Indiana to Virginia and will bring rain ahead of the approaching low pressure. Heavy snowfall is forecast for upper Minnesota and the higher rlrvations of the Pacific Northwest.

Seven games will be played indoors this week, with Atlanta, St. Louis, Arizona and New Orleans all hosting games. The Buffalo Bills will be hosting the Seattle Seahawks indoors in Toronto in their annual north of the border game. The roof will likely be closed in Houston this week with thunderstorms likely in the region on Sunday.

Chicago will see a high of 49 with a 20% chance of drizzle. Rain will be turning to snow flurries later in the week. Cleveland is hosting the Washington Redskins and faces a 30% chance of showers and a south win which will be gusting to 20 mph. Snow also will impact the Cleveland area later in the week.

The Baltimore Ravens will be hosting the Denver Broncos while trying to prevent a three-game losing streak. The Broncos come into this contest red-hot, winners of their last eight. However, the weather is not going to be very conducive for a clean football game. The region will see a high temperature of 51 with a 60% chance of rain.

The West coast features two contests on Sunday. The San Diego Chargers will host the Carolina Panthers while the Oakland Raiders will play the Kansas City Chiefs. San Diego will see a high of 55 degrees, light winds but a 40% chance of rain. Oakland and the Bay Area will see a high of near 60 and faces a 30% chance of showers as well.

The nicest weather around the NFL will be in Miami, Florida this weekend. The high temperature is forecast at 80 degrees with winds off the Atlantic Ocean gusting to 20 mph as the Dolphins take on the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Snow will be seen in one game this week. For the second week in a row, the New England Patriots will be featured in a primetime contest. This week, the Patriots host the San Francisco 49ers. The Foxboro region will have a 60% chance of snow during the afternoon, but those chances increase to 90% on Sunday night around the time of kickoff. The earlier snow is likely to give way to a steady mix of rain and sleet.







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