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Late-May Colorado snowstorm impacts travel at DIA

Late-May snow has prompted delays and cancellations at Denver International Airport.

DENVER — The late-May snow that's hitting the Denver area is impacting travel at Denver International Airport.

Major airlines, including Southwest and United, have canceled flights for Tuesday, according to the flight tracking website FlightAware.com. As of 5:30 a.m., 70 flights had been canceled and an additional 54 were delayed.

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Airlines are dealing with a backlog of travelers after numerous cancellations and delays Monday evening.

"Due to the snow event in Denver on Monday evening, we experienced unusually long delays due to a number of factors, including long taxi times related to de-icing our airplanes," said Southwest spokesperson Chris Mainz. "The long taxi times resulted in a total of seven flights needing to be de-iced a second time, resulting in crew time-out issues."

Check-in counters had long lines early Tuesday, so travelers should allow plenty of extra time. Southwest Airlines reported that their lines and operations had returned to normal levels as of 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Airport officials said they expect operations at DIA to return to normal around 12 p.m. Tuesday as the snow winds down. 

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