Jan 31, 2011
Massive winter storm to hit Super Bowl before brush with eastern U.S.
By Sean Leahy, USA TODAY

DALLAS -- Not even the Super Bowl festivities are spared from the massive winter storm that is charging through America from west to east.

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for the Dallas/North Texas region on Monday with a wintry mix of precipitation and sub-freezing temperatures due in town.

Winter weather is not unusual for the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers, but it is not the norm at the Super Bowl, which has been held in Miami, Arizona, Tampa and Miami, respectively, in the last four years.

The Packers decided to move their practice at Southern Methodist University indoors, NFL.com reported, one day after coach Mike McCarthy said he expected to practice outside.

The forecast for the Dallas area calls for possible rain, snow and sleet on Tuesday, with clearing and a high of 23 on Wednesday.

The storm that is blowing past Dallas is expected to bring heavy snow and ice as it heads north and could affect about 100 million Americans.

Temperatures are expected to rebound to 60 degrees by Super Bowl Sunday, although the roof at Cowboys Stadium will be closed either way.

The average high in February in Dallas is 61 degrees, with the average low at 41.

Next year, the Super Bowl is scheduled to be held in Indianapolis in Lucas Oil Stadium, which is also covered by a dome. Earlier this year, the NFL committed to the first-ever outdoor Super Bowl in a northern city in New York in 2014.