Iced airplane at SLC airport on Jan. 24, 2013.
Photo via Twitter.com/RVentress
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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[<a href="//storify.com/lisabrenner/salt-lake-city-airport-ice-storm-causes-rare-closu" target="_blank">View the story "Salt Lake City Airport: Rare ice storm causes closure, hundreds of flights affected" on Storify</a>]<h1>Salt Lake City Airport: Rare ice storm causes closure, hundreds of flights affected</h1><h2>Sundance is the new Groundhog Day. Ground stop until 2p.m., @SLCairport has announced. [More at KPCC.org]</h2><p>Storified by <a href="http://storify.com/lisabrenner">Lisa Brenner</a>&middot; Thu, Jan 24 2013 12:10:17</p><div>Update, Runway 34R /16L open, conditions improving , still check with your airlines @slcairportSaltLakeCity Airport</div><div>Ground stop at SLC Airport until 2:00 pm.SaltLakeCity Airport</div><div>#SLC airport is icy! My view from the plane... waiting for airport to reopen http://pic.twitter.com/ZcfCGuCeRobin Ventress</div><div>Airports and ice don't mix. Fun fact. ??? #airportsclosed. #wontopenuntil2. #weliveinthetundra.micwood</div><div>&quot;We've never seen ice like this in Utah&quot; #notgood @shanemoorsey12 (@ Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC)) http://4sq.com/WX5hn4Jennifer Moore</div><div>How unusual is this freezing rain event? Check out the graphic for something interesting info: http://ow.ly/i/1pXff #utwxNWS Salt Lake City</div><div>Active_Screen1_01_24_2013_1252_16L.pngNWSSaltLakeCity</div><div>If SLC airport was a prison, electrical outlets would be the cigarettes. #sundanceMatt Kaszanek</div><div>#sundance wrap hangout in back lounge of Gordon Biersch Brewery Terminal 1 @slcairportJonathan Jackson</div><div>Nobody we know can remember freezing rain here. RT @JimCantore: This could be a first RT @KSLweyman SLC airport shut down due to ice #UTwxBecky Bruce</div><div>Wifi @slcairport now breaking down due to overuse I imagine #sundanceJonathan Jackson</div><div>We are working on the runways and taxiways with ice melting chemicals, delays and cancellations and diversions @slcairportSaltLakeCity Airport</div><div>SLC #Airport runways iced over. Rare. Passengers may not leave today. Live at noon @kslnewsradio @kslcom http://pic.twitter.com/diXTc1FTPeter Samore</div><div>Stuck at the SLC airport? Touch everything!SundanceFlu</div><div>Stay classy SLC airport. Delayed until apparently unknown. stupid ice storm! http://instagr.am/p/U4IyXhuZ6_/Kersten Merry</div><div>At the #slc airport. runways are down and I've missed a flight, changed flight, canceled flight, changed flight, now on original flight.Tyson Morgan</div>