Cheyenne Regional Airport plowing runways

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (KGWN) -- The wind managed to keep most of the runways clear, but it also left large drifts for crews to deal with.

General Manager of Aviation, Nathan Banton, said, "There are some very high drifts all the way around the building and this is our first season dealing with snow around that building, so we're kind of learning how those snow drifts are going to work out."

The Cheyenne Regional Airport made the decision to cancel Wednesday's flight before the storm hit. Closing the airport entirely allowed employees to get home and prevented people from being stranded. Banton said, "With the rates of snowfall they were discussing there was no way our equipment was going to keep up."

The National Weather Service reported that the Cheyenne Airport received fourteen inches of snow. That breaks a record from 1973. In 1973 the airport received 9.3 inches.

Crews worked to remove snow drifts from the area near the terminal. They also worked to remove snow from runways that the wind didn't remove.