Storm not causing major problems at DIA

160+ flights cancelled

DENVER - The snow didn't create major problems for Denver International Airport, even though the airport was prepared for it.

Officially, 2.3 inches of snow fell at the airport by midnight. There is the possibility of up to 3 additional inches of snow Friday night into Saturday morning in the area.

Most of the snow has pushed east of DIA, and the airport is expected to remain mostly dry for the next 12 hours or so.

The airlines were reporting approximately 45 canceled flights on Friday, the majority of the canceled flights are smaller regional aircraft that travel to mountain towns and cities near Denver.

Some passengers should expect to spend a little extra time on the plane before takeoff. Outside of the additional time needed for deicing, there are no reports of significant delays.

Some airlines are deicing aircraft prior to departure Friday morning, but DIA is not currently in a full deicing mode, airport officials said.

Snow removal teams were out all night clearing the airfield, roadways and parking areas of snow. DIA has more than 250 pieces of snow-removal equipment and more than 500 trained snow-removal personnel.

Pena Boulevard is wet but in good shape.  Motorists should drive with caution and allow extra time when heading to the airport.

Travelers should check their flight status before leaving for the airport with their airline or on

A good rule of thumb is to be inside the airport two hours prior to flight departure time. This should allow for plenty of time to navigate flight check-in, security lines and travel to the gate.

DIA recommends passengers download the free FlySmart travel app for the Blackberry, iPhone and Android. FlySmart Airport is the only travel app that features content downloaded directly from


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