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Snow, freezing rain lead to problems at Sioux Falls Regional Airport

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 The weather created problems at the Sioux Falls Regional Airport this morning.

 The overnight combination of snow and freezing rain affected the runway and taxiways, which means flights were delayed and some travelers got a surprise they didn't want.

 It was insult added to injury.

 Martin Maca drove to Sioux Falls on icy roads to get to the airport to catch a flight....and then got the bad news. "We got up early and drove down on the road from Brookings and then found out our plane was going to be delayed."

 Martin's flight wasn't the only one.

 The airport was actually closed for service for a time as work crews tried to undo what old man winter had done. "Its been a struggle all day. We had a significant amount of freezing rain last night." Dan Letellier is the Executive Director of the Sioux Falls Regional Airport and tells us airport work crews were diligently at get rid of the ice....and make sure conditions were normal before allowing any flights in or out. "The top priority is safety. For all the commercial carriers and passengers before we let everybody loose. and operate like they normally would."

 As the work crews worked, Martin Maca waited.

 Oh...and the flight he was waiting to take? From Sioux Orlando....and warmth...and sunshine. "We were anticipating being out at 10 but now it looks like its going to be more like 3 o'clock this afternoon. If we get out that will be great."

 The airport had to use all of their de-icer...some 8,000 clear all the ice from the airport so conditions could return to normal.

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