DENVER Feb 24 A wind-driven snowstorm blanketed
eastern Colorado on Sunday, creating blizzard conditions on the
High Plains and prompting the cancellation of 200 flights in and
out of Denver International Airport, authorities said.
The Denver metropolitan area was under a winter weather
warning, with blowing snow and up to 10 inches (25 cm) of snow
possible for the city, National Weather Service meteorologist
Jim Kalina said.
The mountains and areas near Colorado's Wyoming and Nebraska
borders were under winter weather advisories, the weather
The Western region got pummeled while New England dodged
what weather system forecasters had feared would become a major
snowstorm for the third consecutive weekend.
The New England storm blew further east and left much of the
region coping only with a slushy mix on Sunday.
Boston's Logan airport reported only minor delays, except
for flights to storm-socked Denver, and major regional utilities
NStar and National Grid reported only
The snow was a welcome sight for farms in eastern Colorado,
which has been in the grip of a multi-year drought.
Areas south and east of Denver on the plains were under a
blizzard warning until 11 p.m. local time (0100 EST Monday) with
steady snowfall and high winds forecast throughout the day, the
weather service said.
About 200 flights out of Denver International Airport were
canceled, spokeswoman Laura Coale said.
The airport remained open but travelers could expect delays
of up to two hours as crews de-iced departing aircraft and
plowed the runways, Coale said. The airport typically handles
about 1,500 flights on any Sunday.
A deep, low-pressure system near the Four Corners borders of
Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah had stalled, dumping
heavy snow in eastern Colorado, the weather service's Kalina
"That setup makes it a snow event mostly for areas east of
the Continental Divide," Kalina said.
Nearly a foot (30 cm) of snow had fallen in the foothills
west of Denver by early afternoon, he said.
No road closures were in effect, although roads were snow
packed and icy throughout the state, said Mindy Crane,
spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Transportation.
A snow plow was involved in an accident with another vehicle
near Empire, putting the motorist in the hospital, she said.
The storm front was forecast to move southeast out of
Colorado and into the Texas panhandle by Monday, the weather