K-State fans enjoy break from cold weather ahead of Cactus Bowl

PHOENIX Many of the purple-clad fans at Phoenix's Chase Field have arrived in the desert from one of the coldest areas of the nation.

Ahead of the kick off at the Cactus Bowl Tuesday, fans discussed the weather compared to back home in the Sunflower State. Tuesday morning, as they looked ahead to the 8 p.m. kickoff in K-State's season finale against UCLA, fans took a moment to appreciate their surroundings.

While 60 degrees is relatively chilly by Arizona desert standards, one fan Tuesday morning says it felt great compared to nine degrees back home. The afternoon high temperature for Pheonix Tuesday climbed to 69 degrees. In Manhattan, the high didn't even reach 20 and in several parts of north-central Kansas, two to three inches of snow accumulated.

"...Snow it's pretty nice to be able to walk around in shorts," said one fan who made the approximate 1,120-mile jouney to cheer on the Wildcats.