The roof of the Minneapolis Metrodome collapsed from the weight of snow early Sunday

*The inflatable roof of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings’ stadium collapsed Sunday (12-12-10)  and roads were closed throughout the upper Midwest as a storm that dumped nearly 2 feet of snow in some areas continued to crawl across the region.

A blizzard warning was in effect for parts of eastern Iowa, southeastern Wisconsin, northwestern Illinois, and northern Michigan, according to the National Weather Service. Surrounding areas including Chicago were under winter storm warnings.

The Metrodome’s Teflon roof collapsed after Minneapolis got more than 17 inches of snow. No injuries were reported. The snowfall that ended Saturday night was one of the five biggest in Twin Cities history, National Weather Service meteorologist James McQuirter said. Some surrounding communities got more than 21 inches of snow, he said.

The collapse of the Metrodome roof (see video below) necessitates a move of the game scheduled today between the Minnesota Vikings and the New York Giants to Detroit tomorrow evening.