Winter Classic crews removing water from Heinz Field rink
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.
| January 1, 2011; 2:35 PM ET
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