Arizona Cardinals, Fans Delayed By East Coast Snowstorm

If you're anything like us, you've watched the weekend weather forecast for the mid-Atlantic states and thought how great it is live in Arizona. 

Well, we must have collectively jinxed ourselves, because Winter Storm Jonas now is hitting too close to home.

Airports up and down the East Coast are shutting down ahead of the snow and ice, meaning the Arizona Cardinals are at risk of missing crucial practice time at the Carolina Panthers' stadium before the National Football Conference Championship game Sunday evening. The winner of the Game goes to the Super Bowl.

And the Red Birds' loyal fans are having flights to Charlotte canceled in the wake of the storm.

Whether this means the team or the fans will miss the game is unknown, though the weather is forecast to improve before game time Sunday afternoon. 

As for the team, it had been scheduled to fly from Sky Harbor International Airport to North Carolina today, but flights to Charlotte were reported canceled Thursday night.

Winter Storm Jonas is expected to start dumping snow on much of the mid-Atlantic today, although Charlotte's biggest problem is predicted to be icy conditions. A winter storm advisory is in effect for the area from Thursday night through Saturday evening, and North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory has declared a state of emergency ahead of the frigid weather.

But fear not, declares the Cardinals' website: it vows that he team now will fly out of Phoenix Saturday morning after the "Big Red Send-Off," a giant morning party at Sky Harbor.

The event is scheduled to feature team President Michael Bidwill, General Manager Steve Keim, and Head Coach Bruce Arians,U.S. Senator John McCain, Governor Doug Ducey, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, and the Cardinals' mascot and cheerleaders.

Too bad, the Cardinals weren't the number-one seed, 'cause the game would've been here, instead of in the frigid East. As the second seed and the Panthers the first, the Cardinals must head to the Southeast. 

We hope you get there, Cards, and bring back the NFC title.

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Miriam is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times.
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