The AFC Champion Steelers have landed in Dallas six days before they play for their seventh title against the Green Bay Packers. It wasn’t the type of arrival most Super Bowl teams get, as the weather in Dallas didn’t exactly live up to the Super Bowl celebration.
A winter storm watch was issued starting last tonight and running through Tuesday afternoon. Accompanying the arctic front will be all manner of frozen precipitation: hail, sleet, freezing rain and possibly even snow.
“It’s just going to be pretty much a mess for most of the day,” said Matt Bishop, a meteorologist with National Weather Service in Fort Worth.
If you are heading down for the game later in the week, you should be okay, as the preliminary forecast for Super Bowl Sunday calls for mostly sunny skies and highs in the upper 50s.
“It is not a concern, and our schedule of events is moving forward as planned,” said NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy.
Plans call for the Cowboys Stadium roof to be closed for the game. Winter weather is more of a threat to related activities and for fans getting to and from the game.
“Plans are in place to make sure the transportation system is cleared of ice or snow and safe for residents and visitors to travel around the region,” said Amanda Wilson of the Council of Governments.
Some of the team arrived in Michigan State jerseys, honoring O-lineman Flozell Adams, who is returning to play in Dallas where he started his career. Adams played for the Cowboys from 1998 to 2009 before being released and joining the Steelers this past offseason.
“I’m a Steeler,” Adams said, dodging any questions in the locker room about Dallas. “So that’s how we roll.”