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Flights to and from Juneau bumped by winds

Posted: Tuesday, February 27, 2001

Three planes sat on the tarmac at the Juneau Airport this morning, grounded by weather.

Flights to Anchorage, Seattle and Sitka were delayed, said station manager Andy Workman of Alaska Airlines.

"They are canceling but trying to reschedule for later today," Patty de La Bruere of the Juneau Airport said this morning. Passengers were asked to report to the airport in case the weather broke.

Wind at the airport was steady at 30 miles an hour with gusts to 50 today, said meteorologist Mike Richmond of the National Weather Service. At the Juneau Ranger Station, near the airport, a gust measured 70 at 4 a.m.

"These strong winds won't come down until this evening, and may diminish overnight. But they will probably pick up again about 3 or 4 a.m. Wednesday," Richmond said.

Wind highs included gusts between 135 and 140 mph at the 2,500-foot level of Sheep Mountain, and more than 90 mph at the top of Eaglecrest, Richmond said. Eaglecrest is regularly closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.



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