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Salt Lake City airport runways reopen amid mid-Sundance ice storm, SoCal flights affected

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Photo via Twitter.com/RVentress

Iced airplane at SLC airport on Jan. 24, 2013.

Salt Lake City International Airport has started to reopen a few runways after announcing via Twitter a "ground stop" until 2 p.m.

The airport brought boarded planes back to their gates  Thursday morning after a Frontier flight from Denver slid on the runway in a rare freezing rain storm. 

The National Weather Service says that since 1940, there have only been 10 freezing rain incidents at SLC airport, including Thurday.

De-icing and chemical treatment protocols were activated to fight the frost. Flight delays and cancellations have grown to affect possibly hundreds of inbound and outbound flights with a number impacting SoCal travelers.

Twitter transmissions from the iced-in Delta hub suggest a high number of Sundance weary congregating in a bar, a question of Wi-Fi reliability and a mounting subculture in which electrical outlets are the new currency.

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