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Winter weather: Super Bowl to 'luck out' as Midwest braces for snow

Eduardo Munoz / Reuters

Snow near New Jersey's Metlife Stadium,a although forecasters said the NFL will "luck out" come Super Bowl game time.

Football fans will “luck out” with milder weather predicted for Sunday's Super Bowl final in New Jersey, forecasters said as the Midwest braced for heavy weekend snow.

“There will be a two or three day window up there where some milder air moving in and it will be some relatively calm Sunday through Monday,” said Michael Palmer, a lead meteorologist from the Weather Channel. “The NFL is going to seriously luck out this weekend.”

City and state officials had plenty of warning that a big storm was on the way, and on Thursday, both the governor and emergency management director took responsibility for the fallout.

It will be around 40 degrees at game time, Palmer added, although it could feel as cold as 20 because of wind chill. There is a "slight chance of rain," according to the National Weather Service.

In Atlanta, where thousands of drivers were stuck without food and water on the interstates in and around the city on Tuesday night, hundreds of owners were reunited with their abandoned cars.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal ordered state employees back to work Friday as the city looks to rebound from the winter storm that marooned thousands of children overnight in schools or on stranded buses.

Many school districts throughout the metro area, including Atlanta, DeKalb and Fulton County, announced that would remain closed to students Friday, and Deal extended a state of emergency through Sunday.

Gov. Deal took responsibility Thursday for the state's slow response to a snowstorm and pledged to reporters that the state would be more aggressive in responding to future weather threats.

Weather Channel forecaster Michael Palmer predicted a respite from the snowy conditions for the South with temperatures in the region expected to reach the low 50s on Friday, which should help officials clear ice accumulations from local roads.

“Colorado and Utah are getting snowfall today, even back to California,” he said. “But the main action will happen Saturday as Chicago, Milwaukee and Detroit will probably get about five to eight inches of snow.”

St. Louis towards Cleveland will also get a wintry mix through Sunday, he added.

Tami Chappell / Reuters

A rare winter storm glazed the South with snow and ice, choking traffic and stranding drivers in a part of the country unaccustomed to winter weather of any kind.