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Runway at Dothan Airport will be tested for ice

Airport has closed due to ice only two times in past two decades.
The Dothan Airport will test its runway for ice late Tuesday or early Wednesday. “We’ll see if passes the friction test and, if it doesn’t, we’ll close the airport,” said Airport Manager Art Morris III. If ice is found then the airport would be closed.

A winter storm warning has been issued for much of Tuesday and Wednesday. There is a chance of sleet, freezing rain, and snow. If ice forms then it could make it unsafe for airplanes to land.

“It would cancel flights but I suspect if we were having that issue then the Atlanta Airport would also,” Morris said. All commercial flights leaving and arriving in Dothan are either bound out of or into the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta.

Morris said, in his 28 years at the Dothan Airport, he’s seen it closed only twice for ice. The longest period was eight hours.

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