Snow storm forces cancellation of almost 700 flights at Denver airport

A powerful spring storm is dumping heavy, wet snow in Colorado, shutting down major highways in the mountains and forcing the cancellation of almost 700 flights at Denver’s airport.

The National Weather Service says the northern Front Range mountains could get 2 to 4 feet of snow by early Sunday while the San Juan Mountains in the southwest could get up to 2 feet. The storm, which moved into the state Friday, forced transportation officials to close portions of Interstate 70 between Denver and Vail for several hours because of numerous accidents and poor visibility.

Skiers and snowboarders are eager to take a few late-season runs — if they can get to the resorts.

Meanwhile, officials at Denver International Airport say airlines have canceled about 680 flights on Saturday.

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