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Flights resume at DIA more than 24 hour after runways were shut down due to storm

No flights had arrived or departed since the airport's runways closed Sunday afternoon.

DENVER — Flights have resumed at Denver International Airport more than 24 hours after a storm that dumped 27.1 inches of snow on the facility forced the runways to close and led to the cancellation of about 2,800 flights. 

The snow total from this storm is the fourth highest in Denver's recorded history.

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The runways at the airport were shut down Sunday after high winds and blowing snow made travel impossible. As of Monday afternoon, four of the six runways have reopened. 

"DEN is officially in storm recovery and will continue to clear snow from roadways and remote areas of the airfield," a news release from DIA reads. 

Delays and cancellations are still possible Monday night and Tuesday, and passengers should check with their airlines before heading out the door. 

This comes after the airport asked drivers to avoid Pena Boulevard on Sunday, saying it is impassable and that multiple vehicles are currently stranded there.

DIA tweeted that crews would be on hand to clear the runways once conditions improve, and that Sunday's closure likely won't have a huge impact since most flights in and out of the airport have been canceled. 

Flight tracking website FlightAware.com shows nearly 1,000 cancellations at DIA for Sunday alone. Nearly 2,000 flights were canceled over the course of the weekend due to the storm. 

The airport and its services remain open, DIA tweeted.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock asked people not to drive unless they have to over the weekend due to the storm. It's a sentiment that's been echoed by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Gov. Jared Polis (D-Colorado), who has mobilized the Colorado National Guard to help with rescues. 

RELATED: CDOT: Avoid traveling in Colorado this weekend

RELATED: It took the 9NEWS crew covering the blizzard 2.5 hours to get to DIA

In 2019, during the Bomb Cyclone, a 9NEWS team was stuck on Pena Boulevard for 2.5 hours. 

DIA has more than 200 pieces of snow removal equipment for its runways, taxiways and ramp areas and 120 pieces of equipment for roads and parking lots. 

These are operated by more than 500 trained personnel, according to the airport. 

Airlines are expected to be in full de-icing operations for the duration of the storm, meaning that passengers whose flights aren't canceled should expect a little extra time on the plane before taking off.  



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