Super Bowl week begins, ice and snow no-shows

By Joe Kay

Associated Press

Published: Monday, Jan. 30 2012 11:35 a.m. MST

Fans walk by a wall decorated with football helmets as others stop to take pictures at the Super Bowl Village on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012, in Indianapolis. Super Bowl Village includes activities, attractions and music in conjunction with Super Bowl XLVI, which will feature the New England Patriots facing the New York Giants on Feb. 5.

Mark Humphrey, Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — No need for a scarf or hoodie so far in Indianapolis: Ice and snow are no-shows as Super Bowl week gets under way for only the fourth game in a northern city.

Last year's conditions were some of the Super Bowl's worst. Ice and snow pelted the Dallas area, snarling traffic and forcing everyone to bundle up.

The weather is a concern when the big game is held in a cold-weather climate. Temperatures in the mid-to-upper 50s are forecast for the first half of the week in Indianapolis, well above average for a city that usually has snow on the ground in early February.

The first northern Super Bowl was held 30 years ago in Detroit, which endured a week of snow and below-zero wind chills.

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