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(Snowy?) Weather may be a factor in Seahawks playoff game this weekend

FILE -- 12s battle a heavy rain shower while watching a game at CenturyLink Field (Photo: KOMO News)

SEATTLE-- Last year, the Seahawks first round playoff game was played in one of the coldest NFL games on record at Minnesota. They managed to squeeze out a victory there.

This year, the cold weather is coming to them! (Although not THAT cold...)

Early projections show a storm rolling into the Puget Sound area on Saturday with moisture arriving in the hours just before, or around the Seahawks' 5:15 p.m. kickoff against Detroit at CenturyLink Field.

With cold air in place this week, some computer forecast projections show the precipitation could begin as snow before a gradual changeover to rain. Whether the changeover happens before, during, or after the game, it promises to be cold and wet and make for quite the spectacle during the game itself. Temperatures will be in the low-mid 30s. Let's hope the running game is on point this week!

But it won't be the coldest NFC playoff game that weekend. On the other side of the bracket, the New York Giants will have to travel to the (literal) frozen tundra of Green Bay, where temperatures for their Sunday afternoon game will be in the teens. Sure, by Wisconsin winter standards, that's fairly balmy (and about 20 degrees warmer than the Seahawks game at Minnesota last year) and they're lucky the game wasn't on Thursday or Friday where highs were expected to be in the single digits.

The Seahawks can take some solace that while they didn't get the first round bye, any road playoff games this year won't be any colder than what they face at home, with only trips to likely-domed Dallas and/or domed Atlanta as possible road games in their path to Super Bowl LI.

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