DENVER - Even before the snow storm really picked up Sunday, airlines canceled hundreds of flights through Denver International Airport.
Businesses and locations across Denver have been closed due to weather, including the Denver Zoo and Park Meadows and Southlands malls.
In addition, Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia announced today state government offices in Denver and surrounding suburban counties will open at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25. The mayor has announced that all city offices will also be closed until 10 a.m. Monday.
DIA flights canceled, delayed
DIA said about 80 were canceled before the snow really started to come down in Denver. By 8:50 a.m., the airport reported about 200 canceled flights.
As of 4:30 a.m. Sunday, DIA's website showed canceled departures to Albuquerque, Billings, Chicago, Colorado Springs, Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Madison, Midland, Nashville, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Ontario, Phoenix, Rock Springs, Sacramento, Saint Louis, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Tucson and Vail.
Delays of up to 2.5 hours have been reported by the FAA
The 24/7 Weather team has forecasted that the heaviest snow will fall from very early Sunday morning through Sunday evening, before the system moves off to the east. Heaviest snow will be on top of the Denver metro area, and those to the south and west. There is a high likelihood of 4-8" in these areas, and a possibility for several more inches to the south and west.
DIA said more than 250 of equipment and approximately 500 people will be dedicated to snow removal Sunday. Airlines will also be deicing all day, meaning passengers can expect a longer wait aboard the plane before take-off.
The Denver Zoo closed at 2:30 p.m. Sunday.
Park Meadows Mall closed early at 4:00 p.m. Sunday.
Southlands Mall in Aurora will close at 5:00 p.m. Sunday.
Government offices to open late
In addition, state government offices in Denver and surrounding suburban counties will open at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 25, due to extreme weather conditions, Lt. Gov. Joe Garcia announced today.
State facilities essential to public health and safety will maintain regular operating schedules and “essential personnel” must report to work at their normal scheduled time.
Mayor Michael Hancock has announced that all Denver city offices will also be closed until 10 a.m. Monday. This includes courts, libraries and recreational centers.