Nearly 2,000 flights have been canceled over the weekend at Denver International Airport due to a severe snowstorm sweeping through the region.
The U.S. National Weather Service issued a storm warning, forecasting 18 to 24 inches (46 to 61 centimeters) of heavy sleet in Denver and Boulder from Saturday afternoon through Sunday night. Up to 76 centimeters (30 inches) of snow is forecast to fall in some areas along the Front Range slopes, the Associated Press reviewed.
The Colorado Department of Transportation warned that it is likely that roads will be closed and asked the population to leave their homes unnecessarily. Among the highways likely to be affected are Interstate 25 from Colorado Springs to Wyoming, including Denver and Monument Hill; I-70 to Limon; and I-76 to Ft. Morgan, the department added.
Emily Williams, a spokeswoman for Denver International Airport, said there was a lot of activity at the airport Saturday morning due to passengers trying to beat the storm, but hours later approximately 750 flights were canceled. Virtually all of Sunday’s flights, about 1,250, were also canceled.