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Fans near the NFL Super Bowl Experience during a winter storm on Friday in Dallas.
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updated 2/5/2011 6:57:47 PM ET 2011-02-05T23:57:47

Football fans whose flights had been canceled struggled Saturday to get to Dallas for Sunday's big game, while those already in town for the Super Bowl were contending with temperatures and snow typical of Pittsburgh and Green Bay but unusual in Texas.

A fresh blast of snow and ice canceled hundreds of flights Friday, transformed highways into ribbons of white and caused dangerous sheets of ice to fall from Cowboys Stadium, sending at least six people to the hospital. It was enough to turn the biggest week in American sports into a Super Mess.

The NFL said those hurt by the falling ice included private contractors it hired to prepare the stadium for the game. One man was hit in the head, another in the shoulder. None of the injuries was considered life-threatening.

Most stadium entrances were closed as a precaution. Officials raised the temperature inside the arena in an attempt to melt remaining ice.

'I'm back in Canada'
The Dallas-Fort Worth area received as much as 5 inches of snow overnight — nearly twice its annual average — and downtown Dallas hotels were selling ski hats and scarves alongside cowboy hats. A winter storm warning was issued for suburban Arlington, home of the $1.3 billion stadium where the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers are to play Sunday.

"It looks like, 'Oh, no, I'm back in Canada,'" said Sammy Sandu, a 32-year-old property developer from Kelowna, British Columbia. "It's just pouring down snow. Are we still at home, or have we left? We didn't drink that much last night, did we?"

Forecasters expected game day to be mostly sunny, with highs in the 40s, which would probably not be warm enough to melt all the snow and ice.

Asked if the weather could affect future Super Bowl bids, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the conditions this year have been exceptional.

"We've had a winter to remember. Some would say to forget," Goodell said. "It's going to be a great weekend for us, and the weather's getting better."

William "Billy" King had Billy gotten out of the garbage truck he was driving to help shovel snow around the carts so the garbage could be collected when he suffered the attack, officials said.

Billy was 60 years old and had worked for the City of Chicago for more than 10 years. Those who knew Billy said he was a conscientious worker, helpful to his fellow employees, always willing to help a friend, and a caring brother.

Other Northeastern cities, too, have been hammered by this season's snowfall, with Hartford recording more than 80 inches of snow and New York City almost 58 inches, according to Weather Channel tallies. Boston received 71 inches.

Public officials are increasingly concerned about a rash of roof collapses in the region as flat roofs are crippled under the weight of snow and ice.

Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency reports more than 92 roof collapses, with the majority occurring in the last few days primarily in eastern and southeastern parts of the state.

No serious injuries have been reported, but local media in New England report barn collapses injuring or killing animals.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.

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    >>> it's a nightmare for fans trying to get to the super bowl . snow fell in dallas for the second time in a week bringing traffic to a near stand still . the area could get a dusting of snow tomorrow. if delays weren't bad enough, seven people were injured at cowboys stadium in arlington after ice slid from the roof. now to bill carin wes a good saturday morning to you.

    >> good saturday morning to you, alex. continue to go watch our storm system that hit dallas so hard yesterday moving out of that region. this morning, a little coating of snow out there for areas like st. louis and indianapolis, just enough to make pretty and hopefully not too slippery. now, new england is next for this storm. it doesn't look like the big cities like boston , hartford, to worry about. but northern new england and central new england have the best chance of getting accumulating snow during the day today and later on tonight as that storm comes off the jersey coast. that's the best chance of staying all snow. winter storm warnings have been issued from bangor, maine , to almost outside of portland, maine , and almost all of the northern half of new hampshire. as far as snowfall totals go, we're looking at the possibility of one narrow heavy strip that could go through burlington, north of bangor maine and central maine . that is who is going to get the jackpot from this rain. we're not really calling for any accumulation from boston to hartford. that will be clearing out later today in boston and it will be all rain later into this evening. as far as the rest of the country goes, looking nice in dallas , above freezing at 39 on super bowl sunday. it will be cloudy and 40. that's better than the snow and the ice that they saw earlier this week.

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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