Almost 2 feet of snow hits Philly

PHILADELPHIA - December 20, 2009

Airport spokeswoman Phyllis Van Istendal says the airfield was shut down altogether Saturday night when no more flights were expected. She says the first runway and associated taxiways were reopened at 7:10 a.m. Sunday and a second would open at 10 a.m., with two others to follow later in the day.

Van Istendal says about 1,300 stranded travelers spent the night in the airport, and officials handed out blankets, disposable pillows, water and snacks and asked more vendors than usual to remain open. She says people should call before coming to the airport to find out whether their flights have been canceled or delayed.

Forecasters say the 23.2 inches of snow recorded at the airport was the second-largest snowfall in city history.

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