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Hundreds of flights canceled, delayed at Denver airport

Travelers should check their flight status before heading to the airport.

DENVER — Hundreds of flights have been canceled and delayed at Denver International Airport (DIA) while a winter storm sits over the Rocky Mountain region.

As of 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, 320 flights were canceled at DIA and 811 flights were delayed, according to FlightAware.

Affected airlines included Southwest, SkyWest, Delta, Frontier, British Airways, United, Spirit, American Airlines, Air Canada, Volaris, Jazz and JetBlue.

There were also 181 cancellations and 247 delays at DIA on Tuesday.

The Denver metro area fell under a Winter Storm Warning from 5 p.m. Tuesday through 5 p.m. Wednesday. Heavy snow was forecasted in portions of east central, north central and northeast Colorado, including Denver, for 6 to 13 inches of new snow.

DIA advises all passengers to contact their airline to check their flight status before going to the airport, and to plan extra time for traveling to the airport.

School closures and delays

Wind gusts up to 35 mph caused blowing and drifting snow east of Interstate 25 and along Interstate 70 and 76 in eastern Colorado. 

Northeast Colorado was predicted to see the highest snowfall amounts with up to a foot of snow in Sterling, Julesburg, Wray, Holyoke, Fort Morgan, and Akron.

NWS issued a Winter Storm Warning for portions of the San Juan Mountains, Four Corners, San Juan River Basin, and Elkhead and Park Mountains. One to 2 feet of snow was expected above 10,000 feet along with wind gusts as high as 40 mph. 

A weak ridge will briefly build into the area before the next system arrives on Friday.

WEATHER LINE 9: Updated weather info at 303-871-1492.

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