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Colts fans face snowy forecast ahead of road trips to playoff game

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Playoff football is not going to stop some Colts fans from making what is typically a 7-hour drive to Kansas City for Saturday’s game.

With snow in the forecast for Missouri, Illinois and Indiana, Colts fans are making some changes to their plans. 

Some fans are leaving Indianapolis earlier to make sure they get to Arrowhead Stadium in time for game day. 

“My biggest concern for people traveling out is running into the rain-snow mix, which really slickens up the roadways,” said News 8 Chief Meteorologist Ashley Brown. 

Brown said she recommends fans leave before Saturday, given the forecast. 

“I would suggest leaving Friday morning, at latest Friday afternoon, because once we get into late afternoon, early evening, this system will move in,” she said. 

James Hines and his friends are taking that advice. 

“We were going to go Saturday 6 a.m. but we decided to change to [Friday] afternoon, [Friday] night,” said Hines.  

That means spending a little more money on hotels. Expedia shows hotel prices in Kansas City could be around $100 per night. Hotels in St. Louis, which is about the halfway point on the drive, also are around $100 per night.

That’s not a concern to Hines.

“Going to the Colts game, playoffs, January you know we’re going to the Super Bowl,” he said. 

An INDOT spokesman said they’ve already started pretreating the roads. He said to continue following the forecast for Indiana, Illinois and Missouri. Lastly, make sure to check your flight status if you are flying to Kansas City, and have a backup plan in place in case there are delays. 

When there is snowy weather, experts say to have an emergency kit, just in case you run into major car problems.