RDU Prepares for Blast of Winter Weather 

With a blast of bitter cold temperatures and a chance of a wintry mix on the way, RDU is taking steps to avoid disruptions to airport operations. Team RDU is mobilizing airport and contract employees for winter weather duty, including clearing runways, taxiways, roads and sidewalks throughout the storm and responding to slick spots.  

RDU is reviewing its inclement weather plans and working with airlines, concessionaires and other business partners to ensure the comfort of passengers in our terminals. Our team is also in close coordination with the National Weather Service in Raleigh to receive the most up-to-date forecasts before the storm hits. 

If you’re flying out of RDU, please check the status of your flight with your airline before heading to the airport. Airline schedules can change quickly depending on conditions. Allow plenty of extra time to travel to the airport, as local roads may be affected. 

The Economy 3 parking lot is open but other remote lots that require shuttle service remain closed due to COVID-19. Airport guests can stay out of the snow and enjoy covered parking in the ParkRDU Premier and Central lots, conveniently located between Terminals 1 and 2 in the parking garage. Customers can get the best rate in the parking deck by booking online in advance of their trip. 

If winter weather creates cancellations and delays at RDU, you’ll be able to find information in several places: 

  • The best way to find flight status information is by checking with your airline directly. 
  • We share regular updates on our Flight Status board at RDU.com, including the number of delays and cancellations and airline phone numbers to call. 
  • RDU’s social media accounts share news and updates from around the airport leading up to and during winter storms. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for winter weather coverage. 

You might be wondering if the airport will stay open. RDU typically does not close during winter weather – even if there are significant impacts to flight operations – so that scheduled flights can depart and return, and travelers can enjoy uninterrupted access to our restaurants, shops and other services. If weather delays you at the airport for an extended period, you will have access to amenities like free Wi-Fi so you can relax and prepare for a safe journey.