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Record snowfall at SLC Airport; storm delays hundreds of flights

Posted at 9:25 PM, Feb 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-03 23:25:58-05

SALT LAKE CITY — More than 300 flights were delayed and roughly 13 were canceled as a result of a Monday morning winter storm that rolled through Utah.

"When you have the snow comes down this fast, this hard, it really is a challenge," said Salt Lake City International Airport spokeswoman Nancy Volmer. "We knew this storm was coming, so we all had our eyes on it, and sure enough, it delivered."

8.6 inches of snow fell at the airport. According to the National Weather Service, it shatters the old record of seven inches set in 1936.

FOX 13 spoke with passengers who fell victim to the winter weather.

"I was hoping to get there early, but now I'm delayed," said Rebecca from Park City.

"I was pulling in to the airport and it got canceled," said Keith from West Jordan, who was travelling to Houston, Texas. He told FOX 13 that he travels frequently through the airport.

"Always look at the weather and plan accordingly. Just be patient," he advised.

The airport will hold a debriefing meeting to discuss their execution of the winter weather event.

"We will look at what happened today, see if there's any adjustments that we can make so next time we have a storm of this magnitude we'll be better prepared," Volmer said.