Photos: Snow and ice hits Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex

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  1. A swimming pool is covered in snow after a storm dropped five inches of snow in downtown Dallas, Texas, Feb. 5. (Lucy Nicholson / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Crews clear snow and ice off the roof of Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Feb. 5, ahead of the NFL's Super Bowl XLV between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers to be played February 6. Ice fell off the roof and injured several people the previous day. (Brian Snyder / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Snow and chunks of ice fall off Cowboys Stadium in the Dallas area on Friday, Feb. 4. Five people were hospitalized, including one in critical condition, due to the falling ice. (NBCDFW) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. Traffic slows to a crawl on Interstate 30 outside of Dallas on Friday. The NFL's Super Bowl XLV will be played in the Dallas area on Sunday. (Martin Wuermle / EPA) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. People help push a stranded motorist through the snow in Dallas on Friday. (Matt Slocum / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Southwest Airlines planes sit at Love Field airport in Dallas as snow continues to fall on Friday. The airport was closed the entire morning. (Eric Gay / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Samual Huntsinger watches his dog, Scratch, run down a snow-covered street in Richardson, Texas, on Friday. (Lm Otero / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. A police vehicle covered in snow sits on a street downtown Dallas on Friday. (Mike Segar / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Cars travel on a snow covered highway after an overnight storm dropped five inches of snow in Dallas on Friday. (Gary Hershorn / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Jeff Ross knocks ice off an NFL Experience sign in Dallas on Wednesday. (David J. Phillip / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Roberto Cross chips ice off of steps on the campus of Texas Christian University on Wednesday in Fort Worth. (Mark Humphrey / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Lemark Davis, of Irving, Texas, adjusts his ski mask as he waits for a bus in downtown Dallas on Wednesday. (David J. Phillip / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. A student walks across the snowy campus of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth on Wednesday. (Mark Humphrey / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. A sign announces a business is closing due to a power outage as Antonio Carreno, left, and Taylor Sticker stand outside Plano, Texas on Wednesday. The cold has forced rolling blackouts across Texas. (Lm Otero / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. A car slides on an ice-covered road in Dallas on Tuesday. A winter storm covered North Texas with ice, light snow and a bitter cold. (Lm Otero / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  16. Robert Garza, 10, walks through snow and ice while visiting an NFL Super Bowl XLV display on Tuesday in Dallas. (Tom Pennington / Getty Images) Back to slideshow navigation
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  1. Image: A swimming pool area is covered in snow in downtown Dallas
    Lucy Nicholson / Reuters
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updated 2/4/2011 7:32:10 PM ET 2011-02-05T00:32:10

A fresh snow storm in north Texas on Friday threatened to leave fans traveling to the Super Bowl stranded far from Sunday night's big game.

The snow caused more than 300 inbound flights to be canceled at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport on Friday morning, and it shut down commercial flights at smaller Dallas Love Field.

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It was one last blitz from nature against organizers of the big game, who have struggled all week with ice and freezing temperatures in north Texas.

Airlines were counting on a weather forecast that called for snow to end and temperatures to rise into Saturday.

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American Airlines, the dominant carrier at DFW Airport, expected Friday to be the busiest day for travelers attending the Super Bowl between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers. By midmorning, American and its regional affiliate, American Eagle, had canceled about half of their flights at DFW — including more than 300 arriving flights through early afternoon.

"We are putting extra effort to operate our flights in from Chicago today to keep the Super Bowl-oriented traffic moving," said Tim Smith, an American Airlines spokesman.

Smith said the airline was also giving more attention to 12 extra flights that it added from Pittsburgh and airports near Green Bay to handle people coming to the game.

If those flights are canceled, fans could have trouble getting to the game because later flights heading to Dallas from the two teams' regions are virtually full.

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Southwest Airlines expected to cancel 60 flights Friday at its home airport of Dallas Love Field, although it wasn't clear whether much of that traffic was Super Bowl-related.

The city-run airport, which was shuttered earlier this week by an ice storm, closed its runways to commercial airliners again on Friday, although private planes continued to operate, said airport spokesman Jose Luis Torres.

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"We've cleared one of the runways and we're clearing the taxiways," Torres said. He said Southwest flights were likely to resume by late morning or early afternoon.

Southwest planned to run four extra flights on Friday, with return legs Monday, between Dallas and both Pittsburgh and Milwaukee. It was unclear whether those flights would be affected by Friday's storm.

Visitors who were able to reach the Dallas area encountered icy roads, especially on secondary streets, that made driving hazardous.

Some VIPs have been unimpressed with efforts to deal with the ice and snow. Kurt Warner, a Super Bowl MVP quarterback for the St. Louis Rams, said the region looked unprepared to handle the bad weather.

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Video: Dallas sacked by snow ahead of Super Bowl

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    >>> now, back here in the u.s. where for a lot of us this weekend means just one thing. we plan to be seated for much of sunday to watch the super bowl . it's different, of course, if you have tickets, and it sure is different for those folks this year because of snow and ice and cold and problems getting to the game in dallas. janet shamlian has our report tonight from cowboys stadium in arlington.

    >> reporter: several people were injured, one critically, when huge chunks of ice like this fell from the roof of cowboys stadium this afternoon. just the latest worry for officials hosting this weekend's super bowl . after being coated in ice and blitzed by arctic air for two days, mother nature sacked the dallas area again today. up to a half foot of snow. runways blanketed and planes iced over, dfw cancelled more than 700 flights and love field closed, just as tens of thousands of football fans were trying to travel in. temperatures are usually in the 50s and 60s this time of year, but with all this snow and ice, packers and steelers fans may be wondering if they're still in green bay or pittsburgh.

    >> it's what we're used to in pittsburgh at this time of the year, so it's kind of like being at home again.

    >> reporter: in houston, a rare ice storm effectively shut down the nation's fourth largest city. at least three died on the roads and paramedics delivered a baby at one accident along an icy highway. in new mexico, a state of emergency , as tens of thousands were without natural gas , facing freezing temperatures with no heat. emergency shelters are opening. back in north texas , with a brand new billion dollar stadium as a backdrop, there's a lot on the line. the super bowl will bring more than 150,000 visitors, who will spend some $350 million. even in the snow.

    >> you know, we welcome people big in texas, and here we go. we wanted you guys to feel at home, right?

    >> reporter: the misery should be a memory within the next 48 hours . temperatures are expected to gradually warm up and the snow should melt by game time on sunday. brian.

    >> probably best either way to stay home, crank up the tv. janet shamlian outside the stadium tonight. janet, thanks.

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