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Significant flight delays as MSP Airport closes runways

As of 10:30 a.m. only one runway was open.

Heavy snow that shut down all runways at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport earlier today has let up enough to allow crews to clear one runway, but delays are piling up. 

"Conditions have not improved much, but our team was able to safely re-open one of our runways," the airport announced at 9:40 a.m. 

"Please make sure to check with your airline to verify the status of your flight before heading out to MSP Airport today."

Just before 10 a.m. the airport said on Twitter that it hopes to open another runway once the snow lightens.

"All of our plows are going non-stop, but the snow is not letting up at the moment. Once conditions lighten up, we should be able to get another runway back online." 

The fact that only one runway is open means both departures and arrivals are delayed, with the airport saying inbound flights will have to hold or divert to other airports until more runways are cleared. 

The vast majority of flights scheduled to leave MSP today are experiencing delays. You can check a full list here.

A live flight map from Flight Radar shows how few planes there are around Minnesota compared to rest of the country. 

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