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Posted at 6:27 AM ET, 12/20/2009

Airports open; flights still delayed

By Robert Pierre

Here's the update as of 6:15 a.m. from the Washington Airports Authority:

The snow ended yesterday, but it is not yet known how many flights will operate today. Please check directly with your airline's website to inquire about your flight before coming to the airport. Use the links below.

Reagan National Airport (DCA):

All runways are closed until 10:00am. Snow-clearing crews are continuing to work on the airfield. The terminal facilities remain open.

As of 1pm Saturday, Metrorail halted train operations through Reagan National's station due to snow depth on the tracks.


Dulles International Airport (IAD):

One of the airport's four runways is open. Snow-clearing crews are continuing to work on the airfield. The terminal facilities remain open.

Washington Flyer Coach is not operating between Dulles and West Falls Church Metrorail station due to roadway conditions.

By Robert Pierre  | December 20, 2009; 6:27 AM ET
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia, Weather  
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Comments

YOur coverage of the storm has been wonderful. Can you now cover the recovery as well. What most people want to know know is when will their subdivision be plowed out? Can you get the status from VDOT and post it along with their anticipated schedule. Our lives must go on and for most of us, that means driving.

Thanks

Posted by: colemaninn1 | December 20, 2009 6:48 AM | Report abuse

colemainn1...how can the WP tell you when your subdivision will be plowed. It is a long process..and depends, in part, on people like YOU staying off the roads. The more drivers who get on the roads, or were out driving in that storm, and had to abandon their cars..the longer it will take to plow all the back roads. THAT IS COMMON SENSE!

Posted by: blazerguy234 | December 20, 2009 7:24 AM | Report abuse

I grew up in an area with regular snowfall. i.e., an area where this past storm happened regularly at least several times a year. We never had much problems in the way of impassable streets, main or subdivision, because the city authorities just kept the plow trucks running through ... spreading salt and sand before the storm, plowing the snow while it snowed, and continuing to plow after it had stopped snowing. Rarely if ever was traffic impacted other than that it moved slower than normal. I've been in DC many years but am still amazed at how the authorities here put a little sand down on the roads, then wait for the storm to stop before starting to plow. Every ten years or so we get a storm like this one, traffic gets messed up and the lesson learned is that they 'should have' just kept plowing everywhere and not sat on their duffs waiting it out. They promise that next time will be different, but of course it isn't. Yes, they'll scream that they don't have enough equipment, but frankly the city where I grew up had far less equipment than they do here. And it had far more many miles of streets to do. Yet, never did a street, main or subdivision ever go unplowed this far into the storm as our many of our main streets in this city. It just boggles the mind.

Posted by: JohnSmith7 | December 20, 2009 8:58 AM | Report abuse

JohnSmith7: Where you grew up was better at handling snow because, in large part probabl, it was a different time. A time when people felt a sense of community and were willing to pay for services. VDOT is strapped for cash because a majority of citizens want something for nothing. If you want the roads plowed properly, advocate for the tax money to do it.

Posted by: bob16 | December 20, 2009 9:57 AM | Report abuse

I am tired of hearing from folks "up north"--New England, Minnesota, Chicago, etc who tell us how they never have any traffic problems in snowstorms. I see trucks off the highways, cars spinning out of control and traffic tie-ups in those places as well. Go back if it is so great.

Posted by: jriddle4 | December 20, 2009 5:37 PM | Report abuse

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