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Snow Storm Delaying Flights at Richmond International Airport

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RICHMOND (WRIC) - Airlines have canceled more than 3,000 flights around the U.S. including 67 in Richmond due to Monday's snow storm.

Another 8,000 flights were delayed by the weather and airports expect more of the same tomorrow.

Crews at Richmond International Airport are working 12 hour shifts trying to clear the runway because if the snow piles up to just two inches, they'll have to shut it down.

"Our runways have been open or at least the primary runways have been open throughout the event," says spokesman Troy Bell. "They worry about breaking, in other words when they land the plane, to be able to stop it on the ground? Of Course that's a concern."

About 50 percent of Monday's flights had to be canceled. But some of the issues are at other airports.

Conditions in some places are too bad for flights to take off or even land, so considering the fact that runways are still open, RIC thinks they are doing pretty well.

"Virginia is a southern airport. This is not Alaska," says Jim Nilo. "We don't have the resources that you would expect to see. We are pretty well equipped for our size.

Sheets of ice will be the biggest problem as temperatures begin to fall even further throughout the night.


Before heading to RIC, check to see if your flight is still leaving on time.

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