Eers Fans to Bundle Up

The Champs Sports Bowl welcomes visiting Mountaineer and Wolfpack fans this week in weather the Orlando Chamber would just as soon forget.

Florida no Relief from Winter Cold

After a weekend of cold and snow showery blusters up north, Mountaineer fans are flooding Orlando Florida for this week's Champs Sports Bowl. The trip along I-77 south featured snow all the way thru the Carolinas this weekend with flurries falling as far south as Jacksonville and Tallahassee.

In Orlando, 'Eers and Wolfpack fans visiting Disney and Epcot packed gloves and hoodies to fight off the Florida chill. Sunday's temperatures stayed in the 40s by day and fell into the 20s at night.

Now just a day from kickoff with NC State, the reality is setting in; namely, one of the coldest Orlando Bowl games in history is in store on Tuesday night.

Don't get me wrong, Florida will live up to its bright and breezy winter reputation this week. It's just that those sunny skies will be accompanied by cold blusters thru Tuesday. An hour trip to Daytona will be also be unproductive from a "dip in the ocean" standpoint. Unless you want to act like a member of the polar bear club, you will surely not take the plunge into the Atlantic.

Highs in the 50s would be pleasant here in West by God, but not in the Sunshine State. With a 6:30 pm kickoff temperature near 50 and a conservative 10 degree drop by the 4th quarter, it is easy to see how a chilly night is on tap for the game. At least there will be no wind to worry about by Tuesday night.

So pack a hand warmer and leave the sunscreen at home as the Champs Sports Bowl will feel the cold shoulder of this early winter of 2010.
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