Majority of flights canceled at Austin airport due to winter weather

Austin is experiencing sleet and freezing rain Thursday morning.

AUSTIN, Texas — If you’re planning to travel out of the Austin airport over the next few days, you’ll want to keep a close eye on your flight status.

The Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) said Thursday just before 5:30 am that airlines have canceled a majority of flights set to leave Austin. AUS urged anyone who has a scheduled flight Thursday to check their flight status before heading to the airport. AUS has a real-time flight tracker that travelers can use.

AUS also said its teams were responding to ice that had just started to accumulate on surfaces.

KVUEs Bryce Newberry confirmed Wednesday morning that all four of the major airlines at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) – American Airlines, Southwest, United and Delta – had issued travel advisories for Austin through Thursday. All four airlines were warning of impacts to travel and offering rebooking options for flyers.

Travelers should check with their individual carriers for details and accommodations.

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At 8:45 am Wednesday, AUS said it was monitoring forecasts to prepare for icy conditions on Thursday. “Flights may be canceled or delayed due to inclement weather in Austin and other parts of the state and country,” the airport said.

A Twitter user asked AUS if there is a threshold on how much ice or snow must be on the ground before the airport closes a runway. AUS responded: “We use de-icing chemicals that are applied as soon as the ice/freezing rain starts to collect to keep the runway safe and operational. We’re not expecting any snow this week, but we do have snow removal equipment if we were to ever experience a snow storm like last year.”

Meteorologists are not predicting this week’s storm to be as intense as what Texans experienced last February. For the latest updates on this storm’s timeline, check out our live weather blog.

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