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|The rain had stopped at Heinz Field by 5 p.m. ET, but another shower is expected.|
With the puck drop at the Winter Classic just under three hours away, conditions were improving at Heinz Field.
A league official told ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun that the ice conditions are very good. Outside of a few showers around the 6:15 p.m. ET mark, the official said conditions are expected to be dry with dropping temperatures.
In a pregame interview on the NHL Network, league ice guru Dan Craig said a lot of water was removed Saturday morning and the ice was "toughening up" as the day went on.