HOUSTON -

KPRC Local 2 anchor Rachel McNeill is heading to Sochi, Russia to cover the Winter Olympics. 

She'll be there for three and a half weeks and is expected to have a packed schedule.

Saturday morning Rachel and KPRC photographer, Byron Nichols, will board a flight to Newark before taking a 10-hour direct flight to Sochi. They're slated to arrive around 1 p.m. on February 2.

As expected, security in Sochi has been heightened because of the Games; in fact, Rachel and other news affiliates have been asked not to bring cell phones or tablets, so they will have to communicate with Russian cell phones.

Rachel's live reports will begin on February 6, ahead of the opening ceremony on February 7.