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Colorado and Wyoming brace for 'historic' winter storm: Denver International Airport cancels more than 2,000 flights ahead of an expected 30 inches of snow

 More than 2,000 flights have been canceled over the weekend at Denver International Airport as a major snowstorm strikes the region.

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning, saying it expects 18 to 24 inches of heavy, wet snow to fall in Denver and Boulder from Saturday afternoon through Sunday night. Some areas along the Front Range foothills were expected to receive up to 30 inches.

The Colorado Department of Transportation warned that road closures are highly likely and asked people not to make unnecessary trips. 

A major snowstorm has brought Denver International Airport to a standstill. A Frontier Airlines plane is pictured sitting at a gate at the airport on Saturday

A major snowstorm has brought Denver International Airport to a standstill. A Frontier Airlines plane is pictured sitting at a gate at the airport on Saturday

More than 2,000 flights have been canceled over the weekend. A man is pictured walking past a display board showing mostly canceled flights Saturday

More than 2,000 flights have been canceled over the weekend. A man is pictured walking past a display board showing mostly canceled flights Saturday

Denver International had a busy morning Saturday with passengers trying to beat the storm. A man is pictured taking a nap next to an empty security line at Denver International Airport

Denver International had a busy morning Saturday with passengers trying to beat the storm. A man is pictured taking a nap next to an empty security line at Denver International Airport

The highways most likely to be affected included Interstate 25 from Colorado Springs to Wyoming, including Denver and Monument Hill; I-70 to Limon; and I-76 to Ft. Morgan, the department said.


Denver International had a busy morning Saturday with passengers trying to beat the storm, but about 750 flights later in the day were canceled, airport spokeswoman Emily Williams said. 


Just about all Sunday flights had been canceled as well - nearly 1,300.

The NWS warned travelers and skiers in higher elevations that avalanches could be easily triggered as snow totals could rapidly accumulate, while Colorado Governor Jared Polis activated the state's National Guard to respond to search and rescue requests over the weekend.  

About 750 flights later on Saturday were canceled. Snow covers airline signs in the passenger drop-off lane in this picture taken Saturday

About 750 flights later on Saturday were canceled. Snow covers airline signs in the passenger drop-off lane in this picture taken Saturday

A TSA agent staffs an empty security line at Denver International Airport on Saturday

A TSA agent staffs an empty security line at Denver International Airport on Saturday

The National Weather Service (NWS) issued blizzard warnings for parts of Wyoming and western Nebraska, where quickly accumulating snowfall of up to 2 feet and fierce winds reaching 65 miles per hour could cause dangerous conditions from Saturday through Monday.

The weather service told travelers who must be on the road to carry emergency supplies and flashlights. It also warned that strong winds and the heavy snow could cause extensive damage to trees and power lines.

'We're preparing for a potentially historic winter storm to impact Southeast Wyoming,' Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon said on Twitter. 'The best option is to stay off the roads this weekend.'

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning, saying it expects 18 to 24 inches of heavy, wet snow to fall in Denver and Boulder from Saturday afternoon through Sunday night. Pedestrians are pictured fighting blowing snow in Denver Saturday

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning, saying it expects 18 to 24 inches of heavy, wet snow to fall in Denver and Boulder from Saturday afternoon through Sunday night. Pedestrians are pictured fighting blowing snow in Denver Saturday

A pedestrian hurries across an intersection as snow starts to fall in Denver on Saturday

A pedestrian hurries across an intersection as snow starts to fall in Denver on Saturday

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  1. Grand Solar Minimum means increasingly colder winters for years to come; along with more earthquakes and volcanoes, 52 active volcanoes right now.

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