Super Bowl Cold to Shock Fans
By By Tiffany Getz, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
February 02, 2011, 1:08:55 AM EST
Super Bowl fans eagerly await the big day in Arlington, Texas, but travelers looking to escape the cold may not get their wish.
Pittsburgh and Green Bay are set to face off on Feb. 6, 2011 at Cowboys Stadium. The two teams, who are no strangers to the legendary game, will battle for a page in the history books.
According to NFL.com league spokesman Brian McCarthy, an estimated total of 105,000 will be in attendance.
The weather may put an unexpected spin on travel arrangements to the stadium, as arctic winds send chills through Texas early in the week.
Travelers arriving today should be cautious of strong winds, freezing rain and even some snow. Tuesday afternoon, temperatures in Dallas will be in the upper 20s, but fall through the teens.
Unusual cold temperatures will continue into Wednesday with a high in the lower 20s. AccuWeather.com RealFeel® temperatures will be in the single digits and low teens.
Due to the freezing temperatures, roadways may become slick and icy. Travel may become difficult.
The Texas Department of Transportation posted their guidelines for managing winter weather, to promote safety as they accommodated all the visiting guests.
The region will be equipped with extra manpower, sand trucks, and tow trucks if bad weather strikes.
The Arlington Municipal Airport could have more than 100 aircraft than normal during the course of the week, and weather preparation is a concern for passengers heading to the game.
Bob Porter, manager of the Arlington Municipal Airport, told NBCDWF.com that crews are prepared with a $380,000 snowplow to clear ice and snow from taxi-ways and runways.
Most fans will brave any winter conditions to be part of the action, but fortunately Sunday is expected to warm to the upper 50s as the cold moves out.
The cold front cutting through Texas is expected to be part of the GroundHog Day Blizzard.
The weather should not slow down any of the festivities hosted by dozens of celebrities or the spirit of the fans.
Fans across the country will be celebrating with super bowl parties or tailgates to watch the teams fight to become Super Bowl champions.
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