RDU Weather Impacts

RDU Weather Impacts

Winter Weather is forecast to impact Raleigh-Durham International Airport this weekend. We will post information on airport status and operations here as it is received. For specific flight information, please contact your airline.  For answers to common questions about winter weather operations, please check out our “myth vs. fact” blog.

Latest Updates

The latest updates are listed below. Please also follow us on Twitter @RDUAirport

Updates Below From Monday, Jan. 9

5:30 a.m.

All airlines are operating today on a near-normal schedule. Please check with your airline for specific flight information before heading to the airport.

Both runways are now open. Crews are still working on icy patches around gates and across the airfield. Passengers may experience short departure, arrival and bag handling delays on the ground as airline ground handling crews navigate black ice and icy spots and are generally working at reduced speed around aircraft.

Please use caution driving to the airport and on airport roadways as icy patches are present on roadways.

**This is our last planned weather update.

Updates Below From Sunday, Jan. 8

9 p.m.

RDU has learned that some Southwest Airlines flights will operate tomorrow. We do not have a specific number or list. Please check your flight status with the airline. There are some early morning cancellations, however most carriers are operating on a near-normal schedule tomorrow.

We can’t underscore enough to use extreme caution on roadways as you travel to the airport. Please allow plenty of extra time as low temperatures tonight are likely to cause black ice on regional and airport roadways.

We will have crews monitoring airport roadways and parking lots and responding to trouble spots as needed.

2:15 p.m.

The Airport Authority and Southwest Airlines are working together and making progress to clear ice and accumulation from the Terminal 1 gates, which is a slow and steady process. Southwest Airlines has cancelled all flights to/from RDU for today. We have not been advised of operations tomorrow at this time. As always, airline flight decisions are determined by our airline partners.

Most other airlines are operating on a near-normal schedule. Some flights to the Northeast are experiencing delays and cancellations due to conditions at other airports.

Please bear with our airline partners as their ground crews are operating cautiously around icy patches on the ramp, which are difficult to treat in the low temperatures we are experiencing. This may lead to slightly longer bag delivery times as well as slight delays upon arrival and upon parking at the gate.

Most ground transportation providers (taxi, Uber, Lyft, car services and hotel shuttles) are operating now on a near-normal level of service. We expect service to become limited later this evening as area roads refreeze. Go Triangle service is not operating at RDU today.

If you have a flight scheduled for Monday morning, we advise you to check with your airline to confirm status. We will post updates here as they become available.

6 a.m.

All Southwest Airlines flights for Sunday, Jan. 8 are cancelled, please read the 9:30 p.m. update from Saturday (below) for more information. We have about 20 other cancellations at this time among our other airlines. Please contact your airline to verify flight status.

Airport roadways are extremely slick due to the extreme cold temperatures. Please exercise the utmost caution and greatly reduce driving speed. Crews are on duty and are responding to trouble areas.

We do expect reduced services Sunday from taxis, Uber, Lyft, hotel shuttle, car services and other ground transportation companies due to icy road conditions regionally. Please visit our Guest Services desk upon arrival for assistance in locating ground transportation providers, if needed.

Updates Below From Saturday, Jan. 7

9:30 p.m.

RDU is open and operating. For those expecting arriving passengers this evening, arriving flights are landing; however, some planes are experiencing short delays in taxiing to their gate as airline crews work to identify and treat black ice that is developing this evening immediately around the jetbridges and aircraft. This is also causing short delays in baggage handling by airline crews.

On Sunday, Southwest Airlines has cancelled all flight operations at RDU. This is due to icy conditions at the Terminal 1 gates. At RDU, airlines are responsible for clearing the gate areas while the Airport Authority clears miles of runways, taxiways, roadways, parking lots and sidewalks. Once Southwest alerted us that they were having difficulty clearing their gates we began working together on a solution. RDU and Southwest teams are partnering together to get customers traveling as soon as possible.

All other airlines are planning near-normal schedules for Sunday. Please continue to check the status of individual flights before traveling to the airport.

We are not aware of any travel waivers issued by any airline for tomorrow. Links are provided on this page in case that changes.

6:30 p.m.

RDU Snow Warriors have been clearing the runways since the onset of the storm. We’ve kept at least one runway open/operating at all times.

RDU Snow Warriors continue to clear and monitor airport runways, taxiways, roadways, parking lots and sidewalks. We will have crews on duty throughout the night.

We are recieving a number of questions on social media (@RDUAirport on Twitter) about airlines issuing travel waivers. We’ve posted links to each of our airline’s waiver information on this page.

We anticipate some cancellations and delays tomorrow, but have not yet been made aware of any schedule reductions by the airlines. If and when we do, we’ll post on this page. Please be sure to check with your airline regarding specific flight information.

1 p.m.

Southwest Airlines has cancelled all operations at RDU for the day. JetBlue had previously announced no flights today from RDU. Other carriers are operating on a limited basis. Please check with your airline on flight status.

8:45 a.m.

Delta Air Lines has been operating some flights this morning. Several other airlines are planning limited operations beginning between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

We do expect very few flights overall today at RDU. Information on specific flights is available from your airline.

More than 100 RDU employees are on site all weekend to ensure minimal disruptions to operations. We want to connect to the people and places that matter most!

RDU Snow Warriors continue to clear the airfield, airport roadways, parking lots and sidewalks.

5 a.m.

RDU snow warriors have been on duty all night removing minor accumulations of slush/sleet from airport runways.

General Aviation, cargo and charter flights have been operating all night. Airport roadways are in good condition; however, use extreme caution if driving to the airport as conditions may change quickly.

Most airlines, with the exception of Delta, have cancelled flights through at least mid-morning Saturday.

Delta will operate a few of its early morning departures. Southwest Airlines is tentatively planning to resume operations in the early afternoon.

Please confirm flights BEFORE heading to the airport.

Updates Below From Friday, Jan. 6

5:45 p.m.

We have received notification of schedule reductions for this weekend from the airlines. These are highly likely to change and passengers are encouraged to contact their airline for specific flight information. We will post updates when they become available.

American Airlines: Some arrivals for this evening are cancelled. On Saturday, American Airlines are tentatively set to begin mid-morning.

JetBlue: Some flights this evening are cancelled. Flights will not operate on Saturday. Operations are tentatively scheduled to resume late Sunday morning.

Southwest Airlines: Some flight cancellations this evening. Operations are tentatively scheduled to resume late Saturday morning.

United Airlines: Some flight cancellations this evening. Some early morning flights are cancelled on Saturday morning.

1:45 p.m.

Watch our Winter Weather Preparations Press Conference, with an update on airport winter weather preparations and expected impacts.

8 a.m. 

Air Canada now issuing travel waivers for flights this weekend.

JetBlue now issuing travel waivers for flights this weekend.

–Updates Below From Thursday, Jan. 5. —

9:15 p.m.

Frontier Airlines has issues travel waivers for this weekend.

The National Weather Service Office in Raleigh has issued a Winter Storm Warning for RDU.

6 p.m.

Southwest is now relaxing ticket change fee policies (waivers) for this weekend.

5:45 p.m.

Read our news release on winter weather preparations.

9:15 a.m.

The National Weather Service Office in Raleigh has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the area including the airport.

9 a.m.

Airlines are starting to relax ticket change policies for flights to/from RDU and cities throughout the U.S. for this weekend. Airlines issuing change waivers at this point include:

American Airlines

Delta Air Lines

United Airlines