Snow and ice will not stand in the way of Charlotte hosting its first NFC Championship Sunday. The winter storm that moved through Charlotte Friday began to clear by mid-day Saturday.
Sunday will be full of sunshine and dry with a daytime high at 43 degrees. The temperature will drop to 36 degrees by kickoff at 6:40 p.m. Fans should use caution on bridges and ramps like I-77 southbound to Morehead Street, exit 10A, just in case there's still some lingering ice.
@CarterMahoney Yep! Blankets are allows, but we recommend having them out of your bag when entering the stadium, it makes screening faster!— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) January 23, 2016
Officials at Charlotte Douglas International Airport say the Cardinals will arrive at the airport Saturday.
"We will make sure that the Cards get into town. We've got a spot picked out for them already," said Jack Christine, Deputy Aviation Director at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
Crews hurried to clear seats at Bank of America stadium (and had a little fun in the process).
[WATCH] Crews 'dab' as they clear the Bank of America Stadium for the Panthers game against the Arizona Cardinals this Sunday. #KeepShoveling #KeepPoundingPosted by FOX 46 Charlotte on Friday, January 22, 2016
The Panthers are planning to remove the tarp from the field Saturday to allow the turf to dry out. Conditions will greatly improve by Sunday, with the forecast calling for temperatures in the low-40s with light winds.
The Panthers had a strong practice Friday in the snow. Coach Ron Rivera said they decided to practice because of their team mantra, "don't let it get in the way."
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If you're going to watch the NFC Championship on TV, tune into FOX 46 WJZY. Our pre-game show will air at 5 p.m. and the Panthers vs. Cardinals game will begin at 6:40 p.m. You can also download the FOX Sports Go app to watch the game (on a tablet).