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Posted at 2:35 PM ET, 01/ 1/2011

Winter Classic crews removing water from Heinz Field rink

By Katie Carrera

The NHL ice crews have been working round the clock to remove water from the rink at Heinz Field after showers that began in the early hours of the new year continued through this morning in Pittsburgh. The good news, however, is that the showers have tapered off and all but stopped around lunch time here.

According to a tweet from NHL Network's Heidi Androl, crews took an estimated 3,000-4,000 gallons of water off the ice surface this morning, but a league spokesman said that crews remain confident that the rink will be ready for the 8 p.m. start. The rink was left uncovered last night as there is no apparatus that the league uses to keep the rain off.

The chance for precipitation, according to weather reports, remains slight throughout the rest of the day, but there is still the possibility of a late-evening shower. Temperatures are expected to drop throughout the day and into the evening as well, down closer to the 40 degree mark.

Everything right now indicates that the league is still committed to the 8 p.m. start time for the game, though.

By Katie Carrera  | January 1, 2011; 2:35 PM ET
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Well isn't the coverage start at 8pm, and the actual puck drop at 8:27pm or something? was showing a late shower chance around 7-8ish.

Posted by: dimagus | January 1, 2011 2:50 PM | Report abuse

Welcome to the Pissburgh Soupbowl, rofl

Posted by: JIMALLCAPS2 | January 1, 2011 3:02 PM | Report abuse

pittsburgh is a first class dump of a place - No wonder they all move to DC

Lets go Caps!!!

Posted by: Nats1924 | January 1, 2011 4:41 PM | Report abuse

I'm no meteorologist or anything, but I'm pretty sure that it rains in other cities as well. It even rains in nice cities. So I'm not really sure how the fact that it rained should have any bearing on the type of city Pittsburgh is. Believe me...nobody moves to DC for the weather.

Go Caps!

Posted by: Rainier1 | January 1, 2011 5:46 PM | Report abuse

No apparatus to keep the rain off the rink??! you mean like a tarp?

Posted by: 202-206 | January 2, 2011 6:56 AM | Report abuse

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