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Snow Causes Travel Havoc in Colorado, Wyoming

Thanksgiving week storms in Colorado. Thanksgiving week storms in Colorado. |  Photo: ABC News

Created: November 26, 2019 09:46 AM

DENVER (AP) - Thanksgiving travel is an ordeal under the best of circumstances, and a one-two punch of bad weather threatens to make it even more exhausting.  A storm that has dumped heavy snow in Colorado and Wyoming has forced airlines to cancel hundreds of flights during the busy Thanksgiving week travel period and has made driving impossible in some areas.
    
Some government offices in the Denver area and in Cheyenne, Wyoming are closed Tuesday and about 7 inches (18 centimeters) of snow had fallen at Denver International Airport by Tuesday morning.
    
As that front moves through the Great Lakes and the Northeast later in the week, forecasters say another storm will crash into the West Coast. With more snow expected,  forcing the cancellation of about a third of the airport’s average 1,500 daily flights.
    
More than 2 feet (60 centimeters) of snow has fallen in northern Colorado and about a foot (30 centimeters) fell in southern parts of Wyoming.
    
Heavy snow and gusty winds forced the closures of long stretches of Interstates 70 and 76 in Colorado and Interstate 80 in Wyoming.
    
Officials say parts of Interstate 80 were buried under snow drifts of up to 4 feet (1.2) meters.

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The AAA auto club says more than 55 million people will travel at least 50 miles (81 kilometers) from home over Thanksgiving, and the Transportation Safety Administration is predicting record numbers at airports.

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