Washington (AFP) – New weather forecasts Friday call for a arctic blast to move through Kansas City, warming expected temperatures for Sunday’s NFL playoff clash between the host Chiefs and New England.
Earlier predictions called for the wintry chill to hover over Kansas City and see temperatures plunge below zero Fahrenheit (minus-17.77 Celsius) for the showdown that will decide a Super Bowl berth.
But the newest forecast show the cold spell will hit its zenith Saturday night near 7 degrees and bounce back above freezing on Sunday with a low of 23 and clear conditions for a late-afternoon kickoff.
The Chiefs announced that warming stations will be available for spectators but also encouraged fans to bring warm blankets and wear protective clothing in several layers to Arrowhead Stadium.
Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who at 23 could become the youngest quarterback to win an NFL championship, plans no special protection from the cold, just the usual handwarmer he wears around his waist in such weather.
The Patriots-Chiefs winner will face either the New Orleans Saints or Los Angeles Rams in Super Bowl 53 on February 3 in Atlanta.
The Rams-Saints showdown is indoors at the Superdome in New Orleans.