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Arctic Front to Chill NFL’s Conference Championship Games

Jan. 23 (Bloomberg) -- A cold front stretching from the Great Plains to the East Coast will send temperatures to the lowest of the National Football League season for today’s conference championships, AccuWeather Inc. meteorologists said.

Fans at Soldier Field can expect a high of 16 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 9 degrees Centigrade) as the Chicago Bears host the Green Bay Packers in the National Football Conference title game, said Cory Mottice, a meteorologist with AccuWeather in State College, Pennsylvania. That game starts at 3 p.m. New York time.

Temperatures will have fallen from a daytime high of 18 degrees Fahrenheit by the 6:30 p.m. kickoff as the New York Jets visit the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field for the American Football Conference championship.

“It’s going to be frigid weather in both cities,” Mottice said. “It will be getting pretty cold, but the wind won’t be blowing.”

None of the teams play home games under climate-controlled domes. The Jets and Steelers will follow normal routines for cold-weather games, according to e-mails from New York spokesman Bruce Speight and Burt Lauten of Pittsburgh.

The game venues will see “the coldest air of the season,” AccuWeather senior meteorologist Paul Walker said.

The Jets are 3 1/2-point underdogs against the Steelers in the AFC championship game, according to Las Vegas oddsmakers. The Packers are 3 1/2-point favorites over the Chicago Bears.

The winners of the conference titles will meet Feb. 6 in the Super Bowl at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at nkercheval@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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