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Approximately 500 flights canceled at DIA

Posted at 11:02 PM, Dec 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-16 01:02:09-05

Approximately 500 flights were canceled Tuesday at Denver International Airport due to snowy conditions, stranding many passengers trying to get in and out of Colorado. 

As of 7 p.m., the Federal Aviation Administration estimates people are waiting around 3.5 hours to catch a flight, a slight improvement from earlier this afternoon.

A new snowfall record was set at DIA on Dec. 15 with about 7 inches of powder, with more expected at nightfall. That, on top of gusty winds reduced visibility significantly.

Check your flight status here: http://www.flydenver.com.

Denver7's Mark Boyle went to the airport, where boards were covered with "canceled" and "delayed."

He noticed snowpacked roads leading up to DIA. "Pena Blvd. [is] open but [expect] winter driving conditions," airport officials said on Twitter.

Snow removal crews will work through the duration of the snow.

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