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Blizzard Conditions Bring Local Airports To Standstill

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By Jonathan Wilson

The winter storm has brought local airports to a standstill, and airports are expected to stay that way for most of the day.

Airlines began canceling flights as early as Thursday and by late Friday afternoon runways were closed at both Dulles and Reagan National, and terminals were nearly deserted.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority says at Dulles 400 staffers worked through the night, most working to clear the tarmac of snow. At Reagan National, 150 staffers remained overnight--flights there aren't scheduled to resume until Sunday.

At BWI, a spokesperson says the storm will likely be less disruptive than the record setting storm on the weekend before Christmas, because airlines will have an easier time re-booking passengers.

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