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Storm Forces Hundreds of Flight Cancellations in Denver

Posted at: 04/09/2013 10:07 AM

DENVER (AP) - Hundreds of flights have been canceled today at Denver International Airport. The region is bracing for up to 20 inches of snow in the mountains, from a storm that earlier brought winds gusting to above 80 miles an hour in some parts of California.

The Denver school system has closed all schools and offices today.

But so far, the storm has proved to be less potent than originally expected in Colorado, because a cold front has been lingering to the north. Up to 10 inches had fallen in Colorado's mountains by dawn. Another 5 to 10 inches is possible in some locations.

Up to a foot had been expected in Denver, but forecasters are now calling for around 5 inches.

In addition to the nearly 500 flights canceled in Denver, departing flights are being delayed by as much as a half hour for de-icing.

Wyoming has been hit harder than Colorado, with over a foot of snow falling in Lander.

Northern California was the first to feel the storm's strong winds yesterday. Thousands of people were left without power.

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