The Buffalo Bills are preparing for the Chicago Bears at Solider Field this Saturday afternoon, which is Christmas Eve. The game is the first time the Bills have played in Chicago since the 2014 opener.

However, the Bills (11-3) and the Bears (3-11) will both have the weather on the minds for the next 48-72 hours, as a historic winter storm barrels down on the Midwest and Great Lakes.

It's all part of a once in a generation kind of winter storm, with crazy artic air, heavy winds and potentially heavy snow; not to mention rain to start and freezing.

The weather may produce non-travel conditions, both through the air on the road on Friday in both cities. That's why the Bills have decided to make a change in preperations.

The Bills have announced they will travel to Chicago for the game on Thursday evening, instead of Friday afternoon, in order to beat the storm and make sure this game gets played on time.

The weather will not be pleasant on Thursday in Chicago either, however.

100 percent chance of snow, with 20-30 mph winds for the Greater Chicago area, so hopefully the Bills won't get delayed while traveling there. Friday is the day everyone is keeping an eye on, as that looks to be the worst day of the weekend, with record-breaking wind this time of year and heavy snow for many cities and states.

The New Orleans Saints are also traveling to Cleveland on Thursday, instead of Friday, to make sure they can get the game played on time on Saturday. Normally, NFL teams leave the day before a road game, but because of the storm, changes had to be made,

Bills and Bears kick off at 1 pm this Saturday (Christmas Eve).

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