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Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Icy weather hits North Texas

By Calvin Watkins

The bad weather has forced schools and some business to close in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Freezing rain, snow and winds have made road conditions dangerous in some areas. Even Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport reportedly has temporarily closed down this morning because of high winds making it difficult for workers to de-ice the planes.

"Ice, sleet, snow and really slick [roads]. People are not used to it," Bill Lively, President and CEO of the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee, said to WFAA-TV in Dallas on Tuesday morning.

Monday night, NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy said media day will go as scheduled despite the weather forecast. The Green Bay Packers start things at 10 a.m. at Cowboys Stadium following by the Pittsburgh Steelers at 11 a.m.

We'll see if things change going forward.

"It's too early, I don’t know what will happen later on this morning," Lively said regarding events around the area being either canceled or postponed. "I doubt they’ll be very much. We're concentrated and some things can't be rescheduled."

At last year's Super Bowl in South Florida, media day was scheduled for outside but rain forced the players, coaches and reporters inside.

Of course, media day will be held inside Cowboys Stadium.

Lively said there is a plan in place for good and bad weather and extra trucks to lay sand and gravel on the roads are hard at work to make the roads safe. He didn't know how many trucks were on the streets and highways of North Texas.

Most of the fans coming to the Super Bowl most likely will get to town on Thursday.

"I'm worried. Today, I'm worried," Lively said. "Tomorrow, I won't be."