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At Sky Harbor Airport. (KTAR Photo/Jim Cross)
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Snowstorm pushing Arizona Cardinals fans’ planning creativity

At Sky Harbor Airport. (KTAR Photo/Jim Cross)

It’s getting down to the nail-biting nitty gritty for Arizona Cardinals fans and many are stressing equally about the team’s chances in the NFC title game, and their own chances of getting to Sunday’s game in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Two days before the Cardinals face the Carolina Panthers for a chance to reach the Super Bowl, a monster snowstorm back East has forced cancellation of flights into Charlotte and other cities.

Millions of people in the storm’s path prepared for icy roads, possible power outages and other treacherous conditions.

Cardinals fans were scrambling at Sky Harbor on Friday morning to make the game. American Airlines began canceling flights to and from Charlotte the previous day, in anticipation of Winter Storm Jonas.

Airline-tracking website FlightAware listed 24 cancelled outbound Phoenix flights.

And they’re trying to go to a place that has been declared a state of emergency.

One determined and unidentified couple dressed in Cardinals gear raced through Sky Harbor’s Terminal Two to catch a United flight to Atlanta. From there, they said they would rent a car and drive to Charlotte.

Dan Bennett, who was heading home to Baltimore, also had to change his plans. His backup idea was to stay in Chicago and try to get home after the storm.

He said he’d prefer to stay in Phoenix, where the weather was nice.

The blizzard had the potential to cripple the northern mid-Atlantic region, including Baltimore, Washington, Philadelphia and New York with anywhere from 8 inches of snow to nearly 2 feet.

Nationwide, over 5,000 flights were cancelled.

KTAR’s Jim Cross and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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