Low clouds, fog trigger ground stops at Atlanta, New Orleans airports

Flights waiting to take off were held at gates and on taxiways

ATLANTA - Foggy conditions and low clouds triggered ground stops at two airports in the South early Wednesday morning.

One of those ground stops was reported at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Flights already in the air were allowed to land at the airport, but flights destined for Atlanta and waiting to take off from other airports were held at their gates or taxiways until conditions could improve.

That ground stop has since been lifted.

A ground stop was also reported at Louis Armstrong New Orleans Airport. The area also experienced low clouds and foggy conditions Wednesday morning. Just as with Atlanta, flights that were already en route to New Orleans were allowed to land, but flights awaiting takeoff from other airports were held until conditions improved.

Conditions in the area continued to improve Wednesday morning, and officials were able to lift the ground stop around 9 a.m. Central.

Several delays and cancellations were reported in New Orleans as a result of the ground stop, so airport officials urged passengers to check on their flight status before heading to the airport.