Patriots fans happy to escape major snowstorm

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- The New England Patriots arrived in Phoenix under cloudy, threatening skies Monday afternoon.

Still, the team received a warm welcome from fans.

"When I saw that flag come out from the plane, oh man, terrific," said Pats fan Charlie Gray.

Some of the people greeting the team traveled from back east, and they were pretty pleased to escape the major snowstorm crippling some New England cities.

"Going to start snowing tonight, going to get two feet and apparently lose power," said Niels Vanlohuizen, who flew in from Boston.

That's why a light drizzle Monday evening and some rain in the forecast later this week is not doing much to worry these weather warriors.

"This is a pleasure to be in the cloudy climate and the warm partly sunny skies, so I'll take that; it's good," said Vanlohuizen.

"I'd much rather be here for a few sprinkles than be back there for three feet of snow," said Patriots fan and Valley transplant Ben Kozlowski.

Peter Cooke is a Patriots Fan and also a Massachusetts resident. He told 3TV he was actually supposed to be heading home Monday. But his flight, along with about a half dozen others out of Sky Harbor, were canceled due to the storm.

Cooke, though, sort of hit the jackpot, scoring a bonus day in Phoenix, which allowed him not only to watch his team arrive, but let him do it without a jacket.

"This is very nice to be in! It's great to be here; I won't have to shovel," Cooke said.

So even without our signature sunshine on display this week, the fans 3TV talked to were more than happy to trade shovels for umbrellas, and put up with a few showers over snow.

"This is no big deal, this is a great time to be here!" said Kozlowski.