Atlanta braces for cold, ice

ATLANTA — Atlanta got a mere spritzing of rain Tuesday, hours after a winter weather forecast prompted authorities to close government offices, shutter schools and cancel flights in anticipation of icy streets.

The southern city still could see some traffic woes as fans arrive for the Super Bowl, with temperatures expected to drop more than 20 degrees during the day.

Some snow fell Tuesday in Georgia’s northwest corner, but it was sweater weather during Atlanta’s morning commute. The shoes of office workers made crunching sounds on downtown sidewalks, where road salt caught the light from outdoor video boards set up for the Super Bowl and reflected shades of blue, red and green.

Delta Air Lines “proactively” canceled about 170 flights at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, its main hub, the Atlanta-based airline announced late Monday. The Federal Aviation Administration warned of potential weather-related delays, particularly through Chicago and from Boston, as Super Bowl travel into Atlanta increases.

Sunday’s Super Bowl will be played in downtown Atlanta in Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and officials have promised to open its roof if weather permits.

Music news conference nixed: Maroon 5 canceled its news conference to discuss the band’s Super Bowl halftime performance, choosing to not meet with reporters.

The NFL announced Tuesday that “the artists will let their show do the talking as they prepare to take the stage this Sunday.”

Maroon 5, with frontman Adam Levine, will be joined by former Outkast member Big Boi and Houston rapper Travis Scott at halftime.

Although Maroon 5 did not give a reason for its decision, it comes as some entertainers have said social injustice needs to be addressed during the Super Bowl in the wake of controversy from players kneeling during the national anthem. That has led to some criticism of performers who are holding events in Atlanta.

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