Nightly News | February 04, 2011
>>> 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.