Snow hits Superbowl buildup


DALLAS, February 2- The Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers received a frosty reception Tuesday on their first full day in Dallas ahead of Super Bowl 45.

The players awoke Tuesday morning to snow and ice on the ground, combined with bone-chilling winds and temperatures 30 degrees Fahrenheit below normal.

"It’s a little too cold for me," Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews said. "Texas is supposed to be hot and humid. I was looking forward to that. I am a California guy."

The Dallas-Fort Worth International airport was closed temporarily Tuesday morning creating a backlog of flights and most schools in the neighbouring cities of Dallas/Fort Worth were closed. Police were kept busy with numerous accidents and road closures on the major roads around Cowboys Stadium.

Weather forecasters are calling for overnight lows of 13 degrees Fahrenheit (-11 Celsius) and mix of rain and snow Wednesday with a high of 23F before a steady warming trend leading up to Sunday’s indoor game with highs in the 50s.

"Pittsburgh and Green Bay must have just brought the weather with them," said Packers running back Brandon Jackson.

Despite the icy blast, National Football League officials said they have no plans to curtail Super Bowl week festivities.

"The show goes on," spokesman Greg Aiello wrote on his Twitter site Tuesday.

The teams have outdoor practices scheduled but severe weather could prompt the clubs to move to indoor training facilities.

The Packers were scheduled to practice at Southern Methodist University field and the Steelers at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth.

"It is something I am going to look at," Packers coach Mike McCarthy said of training indoors.

Organizers plan to keep the stadium roof closed for the Super Bowl.