Weather forecast for NFL Week 16 games in freezing temperatures – USA TODAY

A blast of cold that will flow over the majority of the continental United States this holiday weekend will impact more than travel plans. 
The weather forecast, therefore, for a handful of NFL games this weekend calls for frigid temperatures. 
Football weather, to put it nicely. 
Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh was asked how he prepared his team for such conditions. 
“We could lock everybody in the freezer or something like that for 10 minutes?” Harbaugh said. 
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More seriously, though, he added: “Just practice outside.”
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As of Friday night, seven of the eight games starting at 1 p.m. ET would begin with temperatures below 30 degrees. The only teams playing at that time who won’t be subjected to the cold are the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings, who will play indoors. (The high in Minneapolis for Saturday is forecasted for 3°F.) 
The prime-time matchup in Pittsburgh between the Steelers and Las Vegas Raiders (8:15 p.m. ET) won’t be comfortable, either. And of course, it will be much colder than the thermometer readings thanks to the wind chill. (Ironically, all three of Sunday’s games take place in the more suitable climes of Arizona, Southern California and South Florida.)
Some of the coldest games in NFL history have been the most memorable, such as “The Ice Bowl” in Green Bay in 1967 between the Packers and Dallas Cowboys or the Chargers-Bengals AFC Championship Game of 1982 that had a wind chill of -59 degrees. 
There may be no classics on this weekend’s slate, but here are some anticipated kickoff temperatures and conditions worth monitoring ahead of Week 16 (data from National Weather Service). All games begin at 1 p.m. ET unless noted.
Data as of Friday evening. 
City: Baltimore
Expected temperature at kickoff: 18°F
Wind: 13 mph
Predicted RealFeel (via AccuWeather): 3°F
Conditions: Sunny 
City: Charlotte, North Carolina
Expected temperature at kickoff: 28°F
Wind: 9 mph
Predicted RealFeel (via AccuWeather): 25°F
Conditions: Sunny 
City: Cleveland
Expected temperature at kickoff: 8°F
Wind: 26 mph
Predicted RealFeel (via AccuWeather): -17°F
Conditions: 30% chance of snow 
City: Chicago
Expected temperature at kickoff: 9°F
Wind: 22 mph
Predicted RealFeel (via AccuWeather): -18°F
Conditions: Partly sunny 
City: Kansas City, Missouri
Expected temperature at kickoff: 17°F
Wind: 11 mph
Predicted RealFeel (via AccuWeather): 6°F
Conditions: Mostly sunny 
City: Foxborough, Massachusetts
Expected temperature at kickoff: 18°F
Wind: 11 mph
Predicted RealFeel (via AccuWeather): -7°F
Conditions: Mostly sunny
City: Nashville, Tennessee
Expected temperature at kickoff: 24°F
Wind: 11 mph
Predicted RealFeel (via AccuWeather): 8°F
Conditions: Mostly sunny 
City: Pittsburgh
Expected temperature at kickoff (8:15 p.m. ET): 11°F
Wind: 14 mph 
Predicted RealFeel (via AccuWeather): -12°F
Conditions: Chance of snow
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