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Chill Lingers for Thanksgiving Football

One of many American traditions for Thanksgiving Day is watching football. Players of all levels and spectators will need to watch out for a holiday chill.

Three NFL games are spread out through the afternoon and evening on Thanksgiving.

The earliest kick-off is in Detroit as the Lions host their NFC North Rivals, the Green Bay Packers. With the start of the game at 12:30 p.m. ET being indoors at Ford Field, spectators will be able to escape the chilly November temperatures during the game.

However, those tailgating before or after the game, brace for more below-average temperatures. Sunshine will help the mercury to rise up near 30 degrees for Thanksgiving afternoon, but that is almost 15 degrees below average.

The Dallas Cowboys battle the Oakland Raiders for the afternoon game. Kick-off around 4:30 p.m. ET, with temperatures finally warming up by the end of the week. Sunshine is expected throughout the day, temperatures climbing to the mid-50s just before the start of the game. However, Thursday night's temperatures will drop back down near freezing, allowing for the chance that roads could freeze up for the drive home.

The only outdoor professional game on Thanksgiving is the evening game in Baltimore. As the Ravens face their AFC North Conference Rivals the Pittsburgh Steelers, spectators and players will need to prepare for the cold.

In the wake of a major storm on the biggest travel day of the year, it will be a brisk day in Baltimore. Afternoon tailgaters will see the high temperature on Thanksgiving, but it will only reach the upper 30s (about 10 degrees below Wednesday's highs). Kick-off at 8:30 p.m. ET will be in the lower 30s, but the wind will make it feel more like the 20s.

There are also two NCAA Division 1 games on the evening of Thanksgiving. Although both games will be in the South, chilly weather will be a factor in the games.

The rivalry between Texas Tech and Texas in Austin will certainly feel cold. Highs before the 7:30 p.m. ET kick-off will hit the upper 40s, but it will fall nearly 20 degrees short of the normal afternoon high in the upper 60s. No rain is expected for the game.

It will not be quite as abnormally cold in Starkville as Ole Miss battles Mississippi State. Highs will be the lower 50s, still 10 degrees below average. Game-time temperatures are expected in the upper 40s, but it will remain dry.

Many local high schools will also be playing for the November holiday. Other than the cooler-than normal temperatures spanning the eastern half of the country, games in western California will have to be on the lookout for rain.