North Texans felt the warmth of the sun on the eve of Super Bowl XLV.
The official thermometer at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport nudged above the freezing point at 9:53 a.m. Saturday for the first time since the deep freeze set in on Tuesday morning.
With just a few clouds in the way, the temperature had soared to a much more seasonable 52 degrees by 3 p.m.
Just one day earlier, the region was blasted with the biggest snowfall ever on February 4, 2.6 inches at D/FW, shattering the record of 0.1 inch. Other parts of the region received up to 7 inches of accumulation.
The area was buzzing Saturday afternoon with football fans eager to squeeze in Super Bowl-related activities before the big game.
DART light rail trains were running on an expanded Saturday schedule and were packed with Packers and Steelers partisans headed to the NFL Experience at the Dallas Convention Center downtown. Police were highly visible at every intersection.
In Arlington, more ice and snow tumbled from the roof of Cowboys Stadium as the area around the base of the Super Bowl venue was cordoned off.
At least six people were injured by the falling ice on Friday, including private contractors the NFL hired to prepare the stadium for the game, authorities said. One man was hit in the head, another in the shoulder. None of the injuries was considered life-threatening.
Alison Crombie, a spokeswoman for Getty Images, said Saturday one of its photographers, Win McNamee, also was hurt. He was flying home and would be assessed by his doctor there, she said.
Most stadium entrances were closed as a precaution. Officials raised the temperature inside the arena in an attempt to melt remaining ice.
Forecasters say the weather will not be picture perfect for Super Bowl Sunday, with a slight chance of rain or snow in the morning and afternoon hours. Highs will reach only the 40s with very light snow accumulation possible on grassy surfaces and overpasses. There's a 20 percent chance of snow in the evening as the game winds down, with lows in the upper 20s.
WFAA and the Associated Press contributed to this report.