Airport Spokesman Kent Boyd said in an email this morning that six planes that would have arrived in Springfield last night and departed today never did because they were preemptively cancelled by the airlines. But the airport itself is good condition.
“Operationally speaking the airport is open. Both runways are clear and open,” Boyd said.
However, Boyd says if the freezing rain and sleet continues as forecast, he expects there will be more cancellations, but not because of runway conditions.
“Due to the rate at which the ice is expected to fall. There comes a point when airline de-icing (of the plane) can’t keep up with the ice.”
If you’re flying out of Springfield Thursday, the airport recommends you contact your specific airline to check your flight’s status.
Meanwhile, Gov. Jay Nixon has declared a state of emergency for Missouri in response to the severe winter weather, which has involved a mix of snow, sleet and ice. Northern portions of the state are forecast to receive upwards of ten inches of snow.
In a statement, Nixon said “Missouri stands ready to help communities in need and to deploy the resources to keep folks safe. I urge all Missourians to keep a close eye on the weather and avoid unnecessary travel.”
The Missouri Department of Transportation and the National Weather Service are also urging caution, warning of ice along parts of I-44 and I-49 in southwest Missouri.
The Governor has also activated the Missouri State Emergency Operations Plan, which allows state agencies to coordinate directly with local jurisdictions to provide emergency services. Citizens who need disaster information, shelter information, and referrals are urged to call 211. In areas where the 211 service is not operational, citizens may call 800-427-4626.