PDX closed last couple days...


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Portland, OR has been a bit of a mess the last few days with freezing rain. The airport has been closed the last few days (two cargo planes and one Alaska landed Wednesday). One runway looks relatively clear however the taxiways/aprons etc. are sheets of ice.

It definitely doesn't look safe and probably best the Port of Portland shut if down. However I'm wondering how other cold/icy areas are able to keep their ops. going and Portland isn't? We probably don't have much deicer either... Is there such a thing as a heated runway/taxi ways? Must be expensive. Gravel would destroy engines yes?