Entries in Metrodome (3)


Deadly Snowstorm Blasts Midwest; Freezing Temperatures Follow

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Midwest residents are bracing for bitter cold temperatures Monday after a powerful snow storm has been blamed for at least half a dozen deaths, canceled flights and the collapse of the Metrodome's roof in Minneapolis Sunday.

From Minnesota to Chicago, the massive storm -- 1,500 miles across at its widest part -- dumped a foot-and-a-half of snow in some areas.  The snowy conditions have been blamed for at least six deaths over the weekend as motorists endured zero visibility driving conditions amid highway closings in five states.

The blast of Canadian cold air headed southward after the season's first snowfall swept through cities in the midwest and the northeast.  Now these cities are experiencing frigid cold temperatures.  Winter weather warnings have been issued for 30 states along the East Coast including a freeze warning in Florida, with temperatures in some areas expected to fall into the 20s.

Monday in Minneapolis, temperatures are expected to drop to 15 degrees with a low of only two degrees.  This, after the city was hit with the worst snowfall in almost 20 years, with more than two feet of snow in some areas.´╗┐

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Stadium's Roof Deflates Under Pressure from Winter Storm

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(MINNEAPOLIS) -- Harsh weather has collapsed the Metrodome in Minneapolis. The panels of the Metrodome roof started giving way around 5 a.m. and deflated after the storm, which dumped more than 17 inches of snow on the city, Chairman of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission Roy Terwilliger told ABC News affiliate KSTP in Minneapolis - St. Paul.

A Sunday NFL football game between the New York Giants and the Minnesota Vikings had already been pushed to Monday, as the Giants were stranded in Kansas City, unable to reach Minneapolis after the Twin Cities' airport was closed. The game will be played in Detroit on Monday.

Terwilliger says this has only happened three other times in the Metrodome's history, the last being on April 14, 1983. Workers were being kept out of the Metrodome for safety reasons Sunday morning, but crews were back on top of it late Sunday morning clearing snow.

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Monster Storm Blankets Midwest, Creates Travel Chaos

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(MINNEAPOLIS) -- A wallop of a snowstorm tore through the Midwest with up to two feet of snow and winds up to 50 miles per hour. The storm has affected 1500 miles from the Plains to the Great Lakes and the Midwest all the way to the Gulf.

It created travel chaos. Three airports were forced to close and roads were forced to shut down in five states. More than 17 inches of snow was measured at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, making this the area’s fifth biggest storm on record and the greatest snow total since 1991. Nasty conditions were to blame for at least 76 accidents. More than 300 cars slid off the road. The 4.2-million-square-foot Mall of America closed early on Saturday.

In Wisconsin, near-whiteout conditions prompted authorities to put out a no-travel advisory.

The Metrodome suffered structural damage Sunday morning as a result of the storm, hours before the Minnesota Vikings were originally scheduled to host the New York Giants. Officials on Saturday postponed the game until Monday. The Giants were stranded in Kansas City overnight Saturday when their charter plane couldn’t land in the snowy Twin Cities.

Roy Terwilliger of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission tells ABC News Minneapolis-St. Paul affiliate KSTP that the facility has encountered similar problems only three times before, the last time in 1983.

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