More than 3,500 pieces of snow-clearing equipment in New York and New Jersey will be prepared to go into service, if snow affects Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2, officials said Wednesday.
The N.Y./N.J. Super Bowl Host Committee outlined its weather preparedness plan for MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., and the surrounding area.
About 400,000 visitors are expected to attend game-related events and another 80,000 for the Super Bowl.
"MetLife Stadium, the city and both states have a strong track record of preparing for and handling adverse weather conditions," committee Co-Chairman Jonathan Tisch said. "When game time comes, we will be ready to handle whatever Mother Nature throws at us."
Workers remove snow from parking lots at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. Later officials demonstrated snow removal and melting machinery and outlined emergency weather scenarios and contingency plans for the Super Bowl in February. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
As the NFL and others prepare for the historic cold-weather outdoor game, the New Jersey Department of Transportation, New Jersey Turnpike Authority and the New York City Department of Sanitation will have thousands of tons of rock salt and thousands of gallons of liquid calcium chloride available for winter travel problems.
At MetLife Stadium, officials said they have snow chutes to direct snow from seating areas into a snow melter as part of its arsenal of snow removal equipment.
"There may be no way to predict the weather -- which could range from sunshine and mild temperatures to blizzard-like conditions -- but we can be prepared for any and everything," committee President and CEO Alfred F. Kelly Jr. said.
A large machinery melts snow as workers remove snow from parking lots at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013. Officials demonstrated snow removal and melting machinery and outlined emergency weather scenarios and contingency plans for the Super Bowl in February. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
People across the Midwest and Northeast will be bundling up as the first week of March comes to a close as arctic air returns to the regions.
Another winter storm is spreading snow and ice across the Northeast and will continue to do so into Wednesday morning.
A new storm will spread a swath of snow and sleet spanning more than 1,500 miles from northern Texas to Massachusetts, during Wednesday into Thursday.
A volcano erupted in southern Chile early Tuesday morning, prompting the evacuation of nearby communities.
With more than 8 feet of snow accumulating across Boston since January, clogged city streets have made available parking spaces a hot commodity.
February 2015 has come to an end with numerous monthly records set across the United States.
Mauna Kea & Mauna Loa, HI (1990)
Heaviest snow on the tops of the Hawaiian volcanoes in 15 years. Snow drifted 6-10 feet.
New England (1717)
"The Great Snow" - 4 storms within a period of 10 days (from Feb 27 to March 7) that deposited about 36" in Boston area and about 48" to the north. Travelling or rural churchgoing was impossible for three weeks. Sheep were buried alive for 30 days.
Washington, DC (1909)
President Taft was inaugurated during a furious storm; 9.8" of wet snow disrupted travel and communications. The snow equalled 2.90" of water in 24 hours.