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Powerful Spring Blizzard Shuts Down Denver Airport, Stranding Travelers

The snowstorm crippled travel across the region, and marked the first time in nearly a decade the airport was closed due to snow conditions.

Last updated on March 23, 2016, at 8:18 p.m. ET

Posted on March 23, 2016, at 6:21 p.m. ET

A powerful Spring blizzard blanketed northeastern Colorado in a foot of snow Wednesday, crippling the region's transportation and stranding thousands of travelers.


Pedestrians struggle to walk in snow near the State Capitol in Denver.

The Denver International Airport announced before noon that all flights would be grounded. A main road providing access to the airport was also closed temporarily.

Weather and visibility are such that it is not safe for aircraft to arrive or depart at this time cont..

As crews worked to clear the runways, airport officials announced flight operations could resume around 7 p.m. local time.

Our dedicated snow crews have been at it all day, and are clearing the airfield as we speak

Low visibility resulted in the cancellation of 738 flights, the Denver Post reported. The airport, like thousands of other residents in the Denver area, also briefly lost power.

A blizzard warning remained in effect until 6 p.m., the National Weather Service said.

By mid afternoon, state officials deployed the National Guard to help in rescue missions related to the storm.

The State EOC has deployed Colorado National Guard resources on rescue missions related to #COwx storms. @CONG1860

The storm left travelers stranded for hours, with no way to leave the airport terminal.

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