A winter storm that has brought power outages, snow, and low temperatures is causing problems in Dallas currently but isn't expected to affect Super Bowl XLV on Sunday.
The storm in question has ravaged much of the Midwest but surprised those in the Dallas area. Power outages in the area led to traffic problems across the city, including in the downtown area which is expected to be the central location for Super Bowl parties.
Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, the third-busiest in the world, was closed Tuesday for the first time since the September 11 attacks due to the icy conditions. However, the airport resumed operations Wednesday, and with the majority of visitors expected to arrive Thursday, airport officials are not expecting the storm to have any lasting impact or further impede traveling.
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy was not concerned though, saying preparations for Sunday's game were going as planned. Thus far, the NFL has only had to cancel one event--Kids Day at the NFL Experience interactive theme park which was closed because of a second day of weather-related school closings in the area.
Though both teams are familiar with playing in such harsh conditions, practices for each squad were held indoors Wednesday.
Packers cornerback Charles Woodson told Reuters there was way too much cold in Dallas.
I am cold, I'm shaking but I am in a Super Bowl and that trumps everything, he said.
Weather forecasts for Sundays game call for very favorable conditions--60s and sunny--so Woodson, and those with him in Dallas for the big game, should be relieved to know their recent run-in with a Texas-sized storm will soon be behind them.