Sunday, December 20, 2009

BWI Marshall, DC Metro Shut Down

BALTIMORE -- The massive snow storm pummeling the area has shut down Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall airport, according to an airport official.

In addition, heavy snow in the Washington, D.C., area is having a domino effect at airports across the country. Planes have been sitting on the ground at both Reagan National and Dulles International airports in Washington. Heavy snow grounded all flights for every airline Friday.

Earlier Saturday, BWI reported that it was closing all of its runways.

DC Metro authorities said their trains will stop serving all above-ground stations at 1 p.m. due to heavy snowfall blanketing the region.

Metro General Manager John Catoe issued a statement Saturday that Metro officials feared the exposed third rail would become covered by heavy snow.

He said all Metrobus services would stop at 1 p.m. for safety reasons because of snow-clogged roads.

Airlines are advising travelers to call their airlines before heading to the airport to find out the status of their flights.

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