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Sunday’s Bears game could be the coldest on record

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Chicago Bears fans in the cold watch play against the Minnesota Vikings Dec. 3, 2006 in Chicago. The Bears won 23 - 13. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

CHICAGO — This weekend’s game between the Chicago Bears and the Green Bay Packers could be the coldest since the Bears started tracking kickoff temperatures.

The previous record was set December 22, 2008 — also against the Packers. The kickoff temperature was 2 degrees, with a frigid 13 below zero wind-chill temperature. Chicago is poised to break that record Sunday.

A frigid air blast is bringing bone-chilling winds and subfreezing temperatures to millions across the country this weekend. The National Weather Service warns that the massive system will produce heavy snow from parts of northern California to the Great Lakes. Portions of Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota could get the coldest air the region has seen in two years.