Winter Storm Cancels Flights in Denver; Interstates Closed in Wyoming, Montana, Idaho

The Weather Channel

Hundreds of flights were canceled or delayed in Denver and travel was hindered severely in other parts of the Rockies as a winter storm marched eastward.

More than 170 flights into and out of Denver International Airport were canceled Monday, totaling more than half of all domestic flight cancellations for the day, according to the flight-tracking website FlightAware. More than 450 flight delays were also reported at the airport.

Denver police reported 169 accidents between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m

The winter storm, which was named Kade by The Weather Channel, closed 160 miles of Interstate 25 in Wyoming and a stretch of I-15 in Montana and Idaho. Interstate 80 was closed between Rock Springs and Laramie – a stretch more than 200 miles long – and was expected to remain closed into Tuesday, K2 Radio reported.

The University of Utah in Salt Lake City canceled all afternoon and evening classes on Monday. Salt Lake City schools were closed for just the second snow day in about 20 years, according to the Associated Press.

The Utah State Patrol reported more than 160 crashes statewide on Monday, the AP also said.

I-25 was closed early Monday from Douglas to north of Antelope Hills, Wyoming, according to the state Department of Transportation. Another stretch between Glendo and Orin also was closed. The department said it was unknown when the roadway would reopen.

Blowing snow and black ice were making driving difficult between Douglas and Cheyenne.

A number of other highways in the central and southeastern parts of the state were closed because of the snowstorm.

Converse County pulled its snow plows off the roads because of the hazardous weather conditions, KTWO Radio reported.

Natrona County schools were closed because of the storm, KTWO reported.

The Casper Police Department declared Monday a “snow day,” meaning officers would respond only to major crashes that involve injuries or are blocking intersections.

In Montana, I-15 was closed between Lima and Dillion because of the weather, the state DOT reported. Idaho officials closed I-15 between Dubois and the Montana border.

A jackknifed semitrailer blocked lanes on Interstate 90 about 4 miles west of Columbus, Montana.

Also in Idaho, Interstate 84 was closed from the I-86 junction to the Utah border, Idaho DOT reported. Many other highways in the eastern part of the state were also closed.

Officials warned that the I-90 corridor from Billings, Montana, to New Underwood, South Dakota, could face snow and breezy conditions.

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