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KUSA - A winter storm that is expected to dump3 to 7 inches of snow in the Denver metro areais making travel difficult.

Airlines at DIA have cancelled 11 outbound and 13 inbound flights Thursday, according to Flightaware.com.

Airport officials say there have been 30 cancellations and 50 delayed arrival and departure flights Wednesday due to the storm.

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At least four flights originally headed to Colorado Springs were diverted to Denver.

Travelers are reminded to check their flight status with their airline or on www.flydenver.com.

STORM MAKING ITSELF FELT ON THE ROADS

Travelers on the ground are running into problems too. The snow is causing poor driving conditions in many parts of the state.

Several cities around the metro area are on accident alert status due to the adverse winter conditions.

Accidents that do not involve injury, damage of public property or drugs or alcohol do not need not be reported to police. Exchange information and file a report within 72 hours of the incident.

Roads in and around the metro area are wet, slushy and icy in spots.

Colorado Springs officials reported slick roads and multiple accidents Wednesday night.

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Chains laws are in effect for all commercial vehicles in parts of Interstate 70 through the mountains.

A jackknifed semi briefly closed the westbound lanes Interstate 70 at Georgetown Wednesday night. The road was back open a short time later. There is no word if there was any injuries.

The snow may be to blame for this rollover crash on Interstate 76 near Hudson:

The Colorado Department of Transportation is reporting no other weather-related closures at this time.

State transportation department spokeswoman Mindy Crane says hundreds of plows have been deployed across the eastern half of the state. Kansas also was expecting heavy snow.

In southwest Colorado, four inches of new snow was reported Wednesday evening near Pagosa Springs.

WINTER DRIVING TIPS

If you must drive in snowy conditions make sure your car is prepared and you know how to handle road conditions. Keep these tips in mind when driving in adverse weather conditions.

Keep your vehicle in good working condition. Make sure the windshield washer fluid is filled, windows are clear of snow and ice, wiper blades work, and you are driving on tires with good tread.

Reduce your speed. Speed limits are set for optimal, dry driving conditions. Stopping and turning are adversely affected by slick or icy roads. Remember officers can stop and ticket drivers going too fast for roadway conditions, even when driving at or below the posted speed limit.

Leave extra space between vehicles. The rule of thumb is to leave one car length for every ten miles per hour between vehiclesfor optimal driving conditions. During adverse driving conditions, significantly increase this distance.

Brake and accelerate lightly. Fast braking and accelerating can put the vehicle into a slide/skid. Brake gently to avoid skidding. If your wheels start to lock up, ease off the brake. Use extra caution in turns.

Give snow plows plenty of room to operate. Don't pass snow plows and sanding trucks. The drivers have limited visibility, and you're likely to find the road in front of them worse than the road behind.

Avoid making last minute decisions.

Don't assume your vehicle can handle all conditions. Even four-wheel and front-wheel drive vehicles can encounter trouble on winter roads.

Regardless of weather conditions, please leave space between you and the vehicle in front of you and be ready for sudden stops or hazards. Remember, "safety is no accident."

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