Falling snow across Dallas, Texas has already been a challenge for the teams, the fans and stadium crews leading up to Super Bowl XLV. 13 cm accumulated Thursday evening into Friday morning.
Falling ice at Cowboy Stadium Friday afternoon sent several people to hospital. At least one person was reported critically injured.
According to The Weather Channel, Wednesday marked the coldest day Dallas has experienced since February 1989. Brisk winds made it feel even chillier.
This is a very unique occurrence says Brian Dillon, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “They typically get around 5 cm yearly, this is way more than usual.”
“A low developed over Texas on Wednesday and slowly pushed off to the east,” he explains. “This is what caused snow and icy roads as far south as Mexico.”
Two airports were closed in Dallas and most city schools are still shut down. “Texans aren't used to dealing with winter, let alone icy roads and poor conditions,” asserts Dillon.
Dozens of wrecks have kept dispatchers busy. According to the Beaumont Police Department, there have been 48 minor crashes and nine major accidents since early Friday.
The frigid conditions have also put extra demands on the state's power grid. Oncar, one of the state's largest utilities has been performing rolling blackouts.
Cowboy Stadium won't likely be impacted, but fans and teams were told to expect 'brief' blackouts.
This isn't the first time a Super Bowl was hit with unusual wintry conditions. In 2000, Atlanta hosted Super Bowl XXXIV amidst a rare ice storm.
Meteorologists are predicting Sunday's game will see sunny skies, but that doesn't mean it will all melt away. “They could definitely be playing in the snow come Sunday,” Dillon says confidently.
With files from The Weather Channel.