CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The airport is seeing a ripple effect from snow and ice.
Snow started falling at the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport around 4:00 p.m., more than eight hours after the officials enacted the Snow Plan.
Crews treated the runways earlier Tuesday, but continued spreading runway de-icer on sidewalks, roads and the runways throughout the evening.
City officials advise checking the status of an individual flight with the airlines.
“This is not only because of conditions we have at our airport, but the domino effect of conditions at other airports, as well,” Charlotte City Manger Ron Carlee said.
Airport officials said the deicer is on standby, and they expect to use it as the snowfall accumulates and temperatures drop.
By 6:00 p.m., hundreds of arriving flights had been canceled. The conditions in Charlotte were forcing significant delays on departures as well.
"I'm supposed to be in Miami, it's snowing outside though- so I'm stuck," said Mike Amaro, "I'm likely going to be sleeping here tonight on one of these chairs.
Crews are maintaining a continuous effort to keep the grounds safe, including salting sidewalks. The plan will continue into Wednesday.