TODAY   |  December 13, 2010

Video captures Metrodome roof collapse

As wintry weather battered the Midwest, the pileup of snow and ice caused the roof of Minnesota’s Metrodome to cave in. Cameras inside the stadium captured the accident. The Weather Channel’s Mike Seidel reports.

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>>> pounded the midwest and caused that minneapolis metrodome to collapse. mike seidel is in cleveland with the latest. mike, good morning to you.

>> reporter: as you can see here, it's another day of wind driven lake-effect snow and bitter cold temperatures. this storm was so bad that it took out a major sports arena . cameras inside the metrodome showed the first signs of trouble. snow leaking through the teflon roof. but at 5:00 a.m ., it was an avalanche of snow that collapsed into the unoccupied arena gaping hole in the dome and the football field covered with snow. in the light of day , the metrodome looked like a crater. officials blame the heavy snow and high winds which caused drifts on the dome ceiling leading to the collapse.

>> very high winds , that with the high snow accumulation really impacted us.

>> reporter: because of the roof collapse, sunday's schedule game between the jet -- was moved to new york. wintry weather battered the midwest.

>> there's a lot of snow on the ground.

>> with more than two feet of parts of ng in minnesota, residents spet sunday trying to free their cars and homes from the snowy mess.

>> one seems a lot more packed down than the wind blown so the p snow is very heavy.h)

>> reporter: the snow also shut down parts of iowa and wisconsin where officials warned some residents to stay off the roads. even major highways were closed across the region. and more than 1,600 flights were canceled in chicago. in the days ahead, residents will be facing bitter cold while back at the metrodome , officials try to figure out what went wrong and when they'll be able to play football there again. you think it's cold where you are this morning, it's 30 below zero in international falls , but no windchill. another freeze for tomorrow afternoon in florida and back in cleveland the windchill is 1, it's 18, this all happening before the first day of winter initially next tuesday.

>> just a taste, mike, just a taste.