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Chilly weather expected for Jets-Bengals game

Mark Sanchez and company better bring their hats and gloves to Cincinnati, because it looks like the Jets will be playing playoff football in chilly weather.

A Cincinnati meteorologist told Newsday that temperatures for Saturday are expected to top out at 20 degrees, which should make for frosty conditions at the 4:30 p.m. kickoff.

"We're saying partly-to-mostly cloudy with a few snow flurries off and on, but it's going to be a cold day," said John Bateman of WLWT News 5, an NBC affiliate.

Cincinnati is under a winter weather advisory alert on Thursday, with an all-day snowstorm closing schools and wreaking havoc in the city. The snow is expected to stop Thursday night, giving stadium crews more than enough time to remove the white stuff from the playing field.

Bateman said the snowstorm - which he said should drop up to four inches - will be followed by a cold front, with temperatures not expected go above freezing for several days.

"There won't be a lot of melting around here between now and the game," he said.

That won't figure into the conditions on the field, of course, but the cold weather certainly could have an impact.

If the high is 20 on Saturday, temperatures likely will be in the teens for much of the late-afternoon game.

The average daily high for January in Cincinnati is 38 degrees, Bateman said.

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