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US: Severe weather leads to flight cancelations at DEN Airport April 10

Heavy snow and high winds result in over 300 flight cancelations at Denver International Airport (DEN) April 10; residual flight disruptions possible over the coming hours

10 Apr 03:59 PM UTC
TIMEFRAME expected from 4/10/2019, 12:00 AM until 4/11/2019, 11:59 PM (America/Denver). COUNTRY/REGION Denver International Airport (DEN)

Event

A major weather system bringing heavy snow, rain, and high winds has caused the cancelation of more than 330 flights at Denver International Airport (DEN) as of Wednesday, April 10, affecting thousands of passengers. The Denver area (Colorado state) is forecast to receive between 10-20 cm (4-8 in) of snow through Thursday morning (local time), April 11. Further flight disruptions are expected in the coming hours and residual delays are likely throughout the day.

Context

The US National Weather Service (NWS) issued a series of severe weather bulletins, including blizzard and high wind warnings, to areas extending from the Southwest through the Great Plains to the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes regions on April 9, effective from April 10-11.

A similar "bomb cyclone" hit the Midwest and northern Plains in mid-March, causing massive flooding in the Missouri River basin. A bomb cyclone is a rapid drop in air pressure of at least 24 millibars in 24 hours, typically occurring over the ocean.

Advice

Individuals flying through DEN are advised to confirm their respective flight statuses, maintain flexible itineraries, and anticipate flight disruptions, including cancelations and delays.

 

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