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Detroit Metro Airport reopens after 12 hours of closure due to weather

DETROIT (WJRT) – (1/22/2019) – Ice and snow forced Detroit Metropolitan Airport to close completely at 8:00 pm. Tuesday, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

The FAA says the airport should be reopened at 1am in the morning. However, the persistent bad weather forced him to stay closed until Wednesday morning.

Airport officials said freezing rain thinned de-icing fluid, making them ineffective.

RELATED: As the storm approaches, fierce snow, rain, and freezing could be brought to Mid-Michigan. Michigan was diverted to airports in the eastern United States for the night.

Detroit Metro flights started late Wednesday morning. Anyone departing on a flight or arriving at the airport should check the status prior to departure for cancellations and delays.

One overnight traveler was the new ABC1

2 morning news anchor Matt Barbour, who visited Mid-Michigan on Tuesday before moving to the area in April.

He squatted down at the airport with his wife and two-year-old daughter as he waited for a return flight to Atlanta. The family finally received the news that they could board a flight at noon.

"It was a mess," said Barbour. "Many people spent the night here at the airport, luckily we had a hotel last night before they were fully booked."

His flight to Atlanta was adjacent to a plane that also led south to Florida. These passengers boarded the plane, backed away from the gate and rolled toward the runway before being recalled to the gate.

"There was concern that the runway is safe," Barbour said. When we saw that, we said, "Okay, we'll probably just have to leave the airport."

Most of southeastern Michigan was hit by snow showers after a light freeze had previously fallen on very slippery roads and slopes.

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