Denver International Airport is preparing for a severe winter storm and warning of delays and cancellations


Denver International Airport is preparing for a severe winter storm and warning of delays and cancellations

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Denver International Airport says it is working non-stop to prepare for an upcoming winter storm and will notify travelers about delays and cancellations Wednesday through Friday.

On Wednesday, activity at Denver International Airport was relatively normal ahead of a storm system expected to bring major snowfall to Colorado. Snow totals for the Mile High City could be like this high as 16 inches of snow and foothills could see as much as 20 inches.

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DIA told CBS News Colorado that snow crews are prepared and ready to clear runways and plow the roads surrounding the terminal. Three of the largest airlines in Colorado travel advisories issued ahead of a storm system expected to bring major snow to the Centennial State.

Winter storm shuts down more than 300 flights at Denver International Airport
Snow at Denver International Airport in January

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Delta, United and Southwest Airlines each posted information for fliers Tuesday morning. That came as CBS News Colorado forecasters at the First Alert Weather Center reported that atmospheric conditions are ripe for one of the biggest storms of the season.

Passengers are urged to contact their airline to confirm their flight status before departing for DIA.

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DIA also advises travelers to allow extra time traveling to and from the airport, check flight status regularly and consider using public transportation if possible.

CBS News Colorado spoke with a traveler who had to change his plans due to the approaching storm.

โ€œFriends who were going to the wedding asked me if I would make it and then I looked at the weather and saw the storm coming, and I had to change my plans,โ€ the traveler said.

By the end of Wednesday, there had been 788 cancellations and 15 delayed flights from DIA.

Colorado Department of Transportation officials are urging people stay home and stay off the roads during the storm.

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