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Snow storm leads airlines to cancel most Thursday flights for Peoria International Airport

An Allegiant airplane from St. Petersburg, Florida, arrives at the Peoria International Airport around noon Feb. 3. The plane was the first to arrive in Peoria since Tuesday evening.
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An Allegiant airplane from St. Petersburg, Fla. arrives at the Peoria International Airport around noon Feb. 3, 2022, following a two-wave snow storm.

Nearly all flights going into or out of the Peoria International Airport Thursday have been canceled.

As of 2:30 p.m., all flights scheduled through 4:30 p.m. had been canceled. Both American and United had yet to cancel a handful of late evening flights, however, Airport Director Gene Olson said there's a chance planes won't be able to safely land.

"Runways are in good shape, but visibility is mostly below minimums," Olson said in a text message. "So far the snow isn't anything we can't handle. It is the visibility that's causing problems. If that improves then those later flights could be OK."

If American and United do decide to cancel their Thursday evening flights, their scheduled early Friday morning flights will be automatically cancelled as well, Olson said.

If you have plans to fly in the next 24 hours, Olson it's a good idea to make sure your airline has your cell phone number and email so that you can be contacted in the event of changes.

Hannah Alani is a reporter at WCBU. She joined the newsroom in 2021. She can be reached at hmalani@ilstu.edu.