DENVER (CBS4) – The snow continued to fall across Colorado on Tuesday morning and caused one hour delays at Denver International Airport. The airlines have reported 126 flight cancellations for Tuesday.

The snow is expected to continue to fall through Tuesday afternoon with accumulations reaching about 10 inches.

DIA told CBS4 there are about 200 people working to clear snow from the airfield which is in good shape and remains open.

Additional Information from DIA:

  • DIA has more than 250 pieces of airside snow removal equipment and 110 pieces of equipment for landside parking lots and roadways, and more than 500 trained snow-removal personnel.
  • The equipment being deployed for this storm includes blowers, brooms, blades, plows, runway sanders, 4,000 gallon chemical trucks, loaders with box plows, snow melters and multi-function equipment.
  • The airlines are expected to be in full deicing operations for the duration of the snow. Passengers should expect to spend a little extra time on the aircraft prior to departure. The average deicing time is approximately 16 minutes, but can vary based on the type of aircraft.
  • The airport is encouraging passengers who are driving to the airport to allow plenty of extra time and to drive with extreme caution.

About Snow Removal at DIA

  • The airport property spans 34,000 acres (53 square miles/137.8 square kilometers)
  • DIA contains approximately 300 lane miles of roads (more than the distance from Denver to the Utah border)
  • The airport has 30 acres of parking lots with more than 40,000 public parking spaces (more than 23 football fields)
  • DIA melts the snow that is cleared from the ramp areas near aircraft gates. DIA has two different types of melters – 10 melters that melt 600 tons of snow per hour, and one that melts 150 tons an hour.
  • By using multi-function pieces of equipment and making other improvements to snow management, the airport has reduced the average amount of time needed to clear a runway from 45 minutes in 2006 to under 15 minutes today. DIA has six runways:
    • Five are 12,000 feet in length (3,600 meters) and 150 feet wide
    • One is 16,000 feet in length (4,800 meters) and 200 feet wide, and is the longest commercial runway in North America

 Travel Tips for Passengers

  • Travelers should check their flight status before leaving for the airport with their airline or on www.flydenver.com
  • Motorists should drive with caution and allow extra time when heading to the airport.
  • 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.
  • Garages often become full during inclement weather. Passengers can guarantee a reserved parking spaces in the garages by visiting www.DIAreservedparking.com and check parking availability at www.flydenver.com
  • Passengers who have time inside the airport before a flight can use new digital directories positioned throughout the concourses to help navigate the airport or find dining, shops, massages and other services. Passengers can also stop by one of five life-sized postcards as part of the airport’s “Wish You Were Here” installation.
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