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  • Another Ice Bowl?


    Looks like the Southeast could see a little more snow in their forecast as another system develops in the Gulf of Mexico and takes a similar track to what we saw the other day bring a rare snow to Atlanta Georgia.

    This means more rain for drought stricken regions and some more excitement for kids who don’t see snow that often in NC Alabama through North Georgia including Atlanta tonight into tomorrow.

    Meantime, another arctic blast makes its way southward with dangerous windchills for the northern tier of the country. Some big football games happening on Sunday with the National Football League’s Conference Championships. For the Green Bay /Giants game, the temperatures will be in the single digits with windchill values from -10 to -15. Over in Massachusetts, the Patriots will take on the Chargers in temperatures that feel around zero. Brrrrrrr! I’m chilly just thinking about it!

    This of course led me to do a little research on the coldest NFL Championship games in history…and that icy prize goes toe the 1967 game between the Packers and the Cowboys. It’s now known fondly as the Ice Bowl, and is considered one of the greatest games in NFL history partly due to the insane cold, the rivalry between teams and the drama that unfolded on the field.

    The official game time temp was -13 with a windchill of about -48! The turf heating system didn’t work (altho some believe Packer Coach Vince Lombardi might have had something to do with the system “not working…)The playing field was like ice…officials couldn’t use their whistles…and when one of the referees blew his metal whistle, it literally stuck to his lips! Yikes. Several players claimed they suffered from frostbite during the day while Dallas quarterback Don Meredith came down with pneumonia after the game!

    Even the band could not perform during the pregame and halftime show because of mouthpieces getting stuck to the players lips! Several band members were transported to local hospitals for hypothermia. Wow. Talk about a brutal game! If you want to read more about this historic game, I got my info from Wikipedia…

    So will you be watching this weekend? I think I may have to tune in to see how the boys do in extreme weather conditions – lots of huddling for sure! :)

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  • Janice Dean joined FOX News Channel in January 2004 and currently serves as Senior meteorologist. She is a member of the American Meteorological Society and was awarded the AMS Seal of Approval in 2009. Dean is the author of the forthcoming children's book, "Freddy the Frogcaster" (Regnery Kids) which will be published in August. You can also follow Janice on Twitter.