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Posted at 5:00 PM ET, 02/ 4/2011

Dallas gets pre- Super Bowl snow dump

By Jason Samenow

Falling ice injures seven at Cowboys Stadium

Snow totals around Dallas. Source: National Weather Service.

Four to six inches of snow blanketed the Dallas Fort Worth metro region this morning just two days prior to Sunday's Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers.

The snow is over, but the Dallas Morning News reports road conditions "remain a nightmare."

And at Cowboys Stadium, it reports "one person was critically injured and six others suffered minor injuries" after ice fell off the roof around 1:15 p.m. Friday.

The snow also caused the cancellation of more than 300 flights into Dallas according to the Associated Press.

Fortunately, for the thousands of out-of-town fans continuing to stream into town, conditions will gradually improve this weekend. Sunshine is expected both Saturday and Sunday with highs of 40 to 45.

The inclement conditions in Dallas represent the culmination of a rough year for weather in the National Football League. Tony Pann, at the Baltimore Weather Examiner, noted:

This season has been plagued by numerous weather events. The season started with a delay for thunderstorms on the first Monday night game with the Baltimore Ravens playing the New York Jets in the New Meadowlands stadium. The other New York Team could not avoid trouble when the Giants got stuck in Kansas City for a blizzard en route to Minneapolis. That game was moved to Detroit after the Metrodome's roof collapsed under the weight of record snow. Incredible video shows the impact on that field, along with security video as well.

By Jason Samenow  | February 4, 2011; 5:00 PM ET
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how is it going to rain here again?

Posted by: bbirnbau | February 4, 2011 5:11 PM | Report abuse


We're on the warm (east) side of the storm - just like with the chicago blizzard. the question is: will this la nina-esque pattern break down enough this week for the storm track to shift east (but not too far east) by thursday...

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | February 4, 2011 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Freaking Dallas got snow and we can't. This is crazy, I WANT SNOW :). Come on guys what's your thinking on Thursday? Give us something.

Posted by: dannythe357 | February 4, 2011 5:26 PM | Report abuse

Having the Superbowl in NYC in an outdoor stadium is sounding better and better! Well, better for the bars in NJ and NY.

Posted by: washpost45 | February 4, 2011 6:08 PM | Report abuse

Having the Superbowl in NYC in an outdoor stadium is sounding better and better! Well, better for the bars in NJ and NY.

Posted by: washpost45 | February 4, 2011 6:10 PM | Report abuse

I lived just east of Dallas for a couple years when I was a teenager and the most snow I saw there was about 2".. I guess it happens from time to time but to get two storms back to back in that area has to be somewhat rare. Unfortunate timing for sure!

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | February 4, 2011 6:17 PM | Report abuse

This is Great .. Texas welcoming the Packers .. in their own Snow environment.. I love it... seeing that I am in Canada.. Packers by 6!!

Posted by: nick1477 | February 4, 2011 6:49 PM | Report abuse

what's worse than getting rain here in the winter, seeing other places get snow that rarely, if ever, get snow

Posted by: crazer | February 4, 2011 7:26 PM | Report abuse

@bbirnbau Was that a rhetorical question? :-)

Posted by: crazer | February 4, 2011 7:35 PM | Report abuse

Why is the Washington Post making it so hard to find the weather page? It seems to me that this blog is generating a lot of traffic - but I can no longer readily find it.

Posted by: barbnc | February 4, 2011 9:06 PM | Report abuse


We're not making it hard. Thre is a big link at the top of this blog (underneath the Capital Weather Gang banner on the left side) which says "The new Washington Post weather page". And the web address is easy: just go to

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | February 4, 2011 9:41 PM | Report abuse

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