West Flow COnditions:
For your awareness, DFW Airport is currently experiencing West Flow aircraft operational conditions due to strong northwest winds, forecasted through 5 PM today, Saturday, February 23, 2019.
What to Expect:
Weather forecasts between 3 PM and 4 PM anticipate winds from the west, peaking at 33 mph with gusts as high as 45 mph, then diminishing below 28 mph with gusts as high as 40 mph after 5 PM. DFW’s primary runways are oriented north/south; however, aircraft generally cannot use the north/south runways with strong northwest crosswinds, such as those forecasted for this weekend. When winds are westerly or northwesterly (West Flow), the diagonal Runways 13R/31L and 13L/31R may be needed for arrivals and/or departures. The diagonals may also need to remain open overnight Saturday into Sunday to accommodate overnight operations during these strong winds.
The shift in aircraft operations during these weather conditions may affect the cities of Southlake, Grapevine, Trophy Club, Coppell and Irving, which could experience some additional aircraft traffic.
RWY 17C/35C Rehabilitation Project:
DFW Airport is please to update you on the rehabilitation work for Runway 17C/35C. The runway will return to service and be fully operational with the first flights arriving at 7:00 a.m. on March 10, 2019. The Airport appreciates your partnership over the last several months as we worked to deliver enhancements to our airfield infrastructure. Runway 17C/35C is DFW’s primary runway and it will support our mission to connect the Dallas Fort Worth region to the rest of the world for decades to come.