Colo. storm forces cancellation of 500 DIA flights |

Colo. storm forces cancellation of 500 DIA flights

DENVER (AP) – A storm moving across Colorado’s Front Range and eastern plains has forced the cancellation of 500 flights at Denver International Airport, but forecasters are expecting lower snow accumulations than initially predicted.

National Weather Service meteorologist Bernie Meier tells The Denver Post ( ) temperatures hovering in the low 30s have allowed the snow to melt faster than expected. Only 2 inches had fallen at DIA by about 1 p.m. Saturday, and officials now expect between 6 and 8 inches – down from as much as 16 inches estimated earlier.

Mindy Crane with the Colorado Department of Transportation says 340 snow plows have been deployed across the Front Range, including 75 in the Denver metro area. Another 30 plows are working the Interstate 70 corridor from just west of Denver to Vail.

Warmer temperatures and sunny skies are expected Sunday.

Information from: The Denver Post,

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