1.17.17: Grand Rapids airport temporarily closes rapids over ice
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids has reopened its runways and taxiways after temporarily closing all of them due to icy conditions.
Airport spokeswoman Tara Hernandez tells MLive the step was necessary Monday morning to treat ice on the surfaces. After about an hour, the main runway was deemed safe and reopened.
The National Weather Service posted a freezing rain advisory for several counties through 2 a.m. Tuesday. It posted a winter weather advisory for the northern Lower Peninsula through at least Tuesday morning.
Several schools dismissed students early Monday afternoon or canceled evening activities because of the worsening travel conditions.