NFL playoffs 2019: 'Arctic blast' eases for AFC championship game in Kansas City

Football fans in Kansas City could catch a break Sunday.

After forecasters initially predicted an “arctic blast” would hit the Midwest and bring temperatures ranging from 10 degrees to below zero this weekend, the outlook for the AFC championship between the Chiefs and Patriots has taken a turn.

According to weather.com, Sunday’s forecast calls for a high of 25 degrees with a low of 17. While conditions will still be cold, it’s a vast improvement from the original projection.

Last weekend’s heavy snowfall during the Chiefs-Colts matchup in the divisional round of the playoffs took a toll on the Arrowhead Stadium field, so head groundskeeper Travis Hogan confirmed Thursday that his staff resodded it.

“We weren’t planning on a resod this week, but Mother Nature had other plans,” Hogan tweeted.

The Chiefs kick off against the Patriots at 6:40 p.m. ET with a trip to Super Bowl 53 on the line.