Metrodome Roof Holding Up to First Big Snowfall

December 9, 2012; 12:10 PM ET
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Holes in the collapsed Metrodome roof can be seen in Minneapolis Sunday, Dec. 12, 2010. The inflatable roof of the Metrodome collapsed after a snowstorm dumped 17 inches on Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

The Metrodome, home to the Minnesota Vikings, was heated up overnight to prevent ice and snow buildup on the roof.

Reports of temperatures in the 80s inside the Metrodome this morning circulated following the heating.

"We heated the building overnight and we are now starting to cool it down to prepare for today's game," said Metrodome Facilities Director Steve Maki.

By heating the building, they hope to prevent snow from building up and causing a roof collapse.

The Chicago Bears are looking for a win against the Vikings in today's game.

"There will be 8-12 inches of snow before it ends this evening," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Kristina Pydynowski. "After it ends, blowing and drifting snow may cause problems for motorists."

A blizzard that dumped more than a foot of snow on Minneapolis the weekend of Dec. 10, 2010, caused two of the Metrodome's roof panels to fail and the roof to deflate. The game scheduled that day between the Vikings and the New York Giants was postponed while the roof was repaired.

The Metrodome roof suffered also suffered damage and deflated in 1981, 1982 and 1983 due to tears caused by heavy snow.


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