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Minneapolis Airport Reopens After Blizzard

Minneapolis Airport Reopens After Blizzard Photo: AP.

April 15, 2018 07:04 AM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Officials say one runway reopened late Saturday night at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport hours after all flights were grounded during a spring blizzard.

The airport halted all incoming and outgoing flights Saturday afternoon because of heavy snowfall and low visibility. Airport officials say the snow was coming down too fast for plows to keep the runways clear or for crews to keep the planes de-iced.

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Airport spokesman Patrick Hogan tells The Associated Press that 469 flights were canceled before one runway reopened shortly after 10 p.m. He says crews will work overnight to get other runways open.

The snowfall is part of a storm system stretching from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes. The system moved into the region Friday, bringing with it snow, tornadoes, rain, and hail. At least three deaths have been attributed to the weather in Wisconsin, Nebraska, and Louisiana.

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