Snow frustrates Texas' big football weekend

ARLINGTON, Texas — Mother Nature messed with Texas — and might not be finished.

The questions now: Did the cold, icy blast ruin everything for the first Super Bowl week in Dallas-Fort Worth? Or can the region save face in the final hours before today's big game between the Packers and the Steelers?

Bad weather forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights, cutting short the time — and the money — fans would be spending in town. And just when things were looking up on a bright and sunny Saturday, snapping a 100-hour streak of subfreezing temperatures, snow is back in the forecast for today.

"It's a little depressing," said Marc Castaldo, a bar manager in downtown Fort Worth. "I mean, this is Texas."

The cold week in Texas still amounted to an early spring break for the stalwart visitors from Pittsburgh and Green Bay.

Downtown Fort Worth was a deserted sheet of ice early in the week before things thawed a bit Friday. By then, fans were tiptoeing around puddles of slush and walking on shoveled sidewalks — the kind of scene one might find at the Winter Olympics.