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Minneapolis airport reopens after blizzard


MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Officials say one runway has reopened at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport hours after all flights were grounded during a spring blizzard.

The airport halted all incoming and outgoing flights Saturday afternoon because of heavy snowfall and low visibility. Airport officials say the snow was coming down too fast for plows to keep the runways clear or for crews to keep the planes deiced.

Airport spokesman Patrick Hogan tells The Associated Press that 469 flights were canceled before one runway reopened shortly after 10 p.m. He says crews will work overnight to get other runways open.

The snowfall is part of a storm system stretching from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes. The system moved into the region Friday, bringing with it snow, tornadoes, rain and hail. At least three deaths have been attributed to the weather in Wisconsin, Nebraska and Louisiana.

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