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DALLAS Workers preparing for activities leading up to Sunday's NBA All-Star game didn't expect to be shoveling snow in North Texas.

They were still out setting up tents and preparing for thousands of fans for preliminary events in downtown Dallas on Thursday. One worker told News 8, it hasn't canceled or slowed anything down.

Dallas police said they are not scaling back operations, and they still have hundreds of extra officers on the streets.

But some Dallas restaurant owners said they were now not expecting the kinds of crowds they had anticipated on Thursday night.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban joked that the snow was all a part of his plan to get fans to the events planned for Friday.

You make it snow really, really heavy so they have to close all the schools tomorrow; then you make the weather get to 40 degrees by noon tomorrow -- all these kids? No place to go?Where do they go? Cuban asked. Jam Session!

The NBA will open Friday's Jam Session two hours early, at 2 p.m., to capitalize on the unexpected opportunity.

Some who attended the Thursday night opening were pleasantly surprised to find autographs easy to get because of the low attendance.

The NBA All-Star Opening Night at the Majestic Theatre featuring Mary J. Blige went off as planned.

Fans coming in for the event said they were suprised by the unusal Texas weather. I'm from Florida, said Candice Sismilich. I'm wearing like four shirts right now!

Many were concerned about the players making it in to town in time for all the parties and events.

You know, the players are supposed to be flying in today and tomorrow, and I don't know what kind of impact it's going to have on them, said Michelle Smith. It's only going to get worse, because it will ice tonight and tomorrow.

But the NBA said there's nothing to be concerned about; everything is going as planned.

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