DENVER (AP) — The Latest on a snowstorm hitting the Plains and Midwest (all times local):
Denver’s airport has reopened after being closed for much of the day because of a powerful spring snowstorm that barreled through Colorado on its way to the Midwest.
Airport spokesman Heath Montgomery says two of the six runways are open, and the airport will be fully operational by Thursday morning. Crews also have plowed the road to and from the main terminal, allowing stranded passengers to escape into town.
But Montgomery says many airlines have canceled flights for the day.
The last time a blizzard closed the airport was in 2006, for two days. On Wednesday, hundreds of travelers were stranded as the storm caused poor visibility and dumped a blanket of heavy, wet snow.
The airport was closed for about seven hours.
The Denver airport spokeswoman says the outbound lanes of the main road to the terminal reopened about 3:45 p.m.
Stacey Stegman adds inbound lanes remained closed. But at least passengers in the airport, shut by a blizzard for the first time in a decade, can now escape to town.
Stegman says some flights may resume tonight. She says visibility, which had been a major problem during the day, had started to improve in the late afternoon.
Stegman says restaurants are extending hours and some would be open all night for camping crowds whose size she could not estimate.
Blizzards have closed the airport in the past. Stegman says the last time, for two days, was in 2006. She does not expect the current closure to last that long.
Morning commuters can expect icy conditions Thursday on the heels of a blizzard sweeping through Colorado, Wyoming and Nebraska on its way to the Midwest.
Shailen Bhatt, executive director of Colorado’s highway department, says all 100 of the snow plows that serve Denver will be working overnight, but only so much can be done with snow falling fast and overnight temperatures expected in the 20s.
Bhatt says the blizzard caused so many accidents Wednesday that it was hard to keep count.
The storm is expected to bring gusty winds and heavy snow to parts of the Midwest on Thursday. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has declared a state of emergency as the snowstorm bears down on his state.
Hundreds of travelers are stranded at Denver’s airport which has been shut down by a powerful spring blizzard.
After lengthy delays earlier in the day, all flights were halted at midday Wednesday because of terrible visibility caused all the blowing snow.
The road leading to the airport is also impassable because of the blowing snow so travelers are being asked to stay put until conditions improve.
Hundreds of people pulling suitcases and duffel bags are standing or lying around the terminals. There are long lines to get into bars, and the food courts are packed.
Denver’s airport has been shut down by a powerful spring snow storm.
Continued snow and blowing wind has reduced visibility at Denver International Airport so officials say it’s not safe for aircraft to take off or land. It’s also made the road to the airport impassable.
The airport is asking passengers already at the airport to remain there until conditions improve and they can safely drive away.
Power has been restored to key operations at Denver’s airport, but about a third of flights have been scratched because of a powerful spring blizzard.
The heavy, wet snow knocked out power to the fuel depot and deicing plant for about four hours Wednesday morning, stranding some planes at the concourses and causing the Federal Aviation Administration to stop flights from landing there until the backlog cleared. That could still be a while.
Blowing snow has also shut down long stretches of Interstates 25, 80 and 70 in eastern Colorado and Wyoming and closed some schools there and in South Dakota.
Snow and freezing rain are expected to cause hazardous driving conditions in Michigan, where the storm could linger through Friday.
No flights are being allowed to land at Denver’s airport and departures are being delayed because of a powerful storm hitting Colorado and Wyoming.
The heavy, wet snow typical of spring storms has knocked out power to the airport’s fuel depot and deicing plant. Airport spokesman Heath Montgomery says the airport is working to truck in more fuel to fill up airplanes. Trucks that already have deicing fluid are still working but can’t fill up with more.
Blowing snow has also shut down long stretches of Interstates 25 and 80 in northern Colorado and Wyoming.
Many schools not on spring break, including those in Denver, were closed because of the storm.
Even politics is taking a snow day. Bernie Sanders and Bill Clinton both canceled planned campaign events in Wyoming.
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