DIA closed due to Blizzard

By March 23, 2016Uncategorized

Denver International Airport has been closed until further notice due to blizzard conditions.

It’s the first time in almost a decade that the airport has been shut down due to snow conditions. The last time was Dec. 21, 2006.

“Weather and visibility are such that it is not safe for aircraft to arrive or depart at this time,” DIA said in a statement. “There are treacherous conditions on the airfield and no planes are departing or arriving.”

DIA also reports that Peña Boulevard — the main road to the airport — is currently impassable, and that crews are working to clear it.

“Passengers should not plan on coming to the airport until further notice,” the airport said in a statement. The airport is also asking passengers not to leave until conditions improve.

“One of the priorities is to clear in Peña Boulevard,” said DIA spokespersonHeath Montgomery. “We’re not letting people on there until it’s safe and passable.”

DIA also experienced a power outage today from about 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., stalling crews’ ability to refuel planes.

Meanwhile, Interstate 25 was closed in both directions at midday from Highway 7 to Highway 34 and from Wellington to Wyoming, and Interstate 70 was closed from Aurora to Kansas. Both directions of U.S. 36 were also closed at Foothills Highway due to icy conditions and crashes on Davidson Mesa.

The blizzard left an estimated 118,000 metro Denver residents without power.

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