DENVER (CBS4) – Approximately 500 flights were impacted by the snowstorm at Denver International Airport Monday night, but on Tuesday morning things appeared to be running smoother. Just before daybreak only six flights were delayed and one flight was canceled.
Some travelers came to the airport prepared for the possibility that they might be spending a lot of time at the airport. That included one person who brought an air mattress to get some sleep on while they waited.
“I didn’t want to take the chance of an airplane being available or something changing, and I didn’t know where I would go,” said Angie Casteel, who one one of many who stayed overnight at DIA. “Thank goodness for Wi-Fi. I read newspapers on my iPad and read books and watch people. And it’s not been real uncomfortable.”
Many flights are being de-iced before departure Tuesday morning.
Good ❄️ morning! Light snow is expected to fall at DEN throughout the morning. Crews continue to keep runways and roadways clear. Delays are possible this morning, so confirm your flight status with your airline and drive carefully if you're headed to the airport!
— Denver Int'l Airport (@DENAirport) February 4, 2020
It’s recommended to check your flight status if you’re headed out to the airport on Tuesday. And if you are headed to or from DIA, give yourself plenty of extra time.
Casteel said she wound up in Denver because she took a cruise out of New Orleans.
“I’m trying to get home to Kansas, so my flight from Denver to Kansas got canceled yesterday so here I am, waiting for my new one at 1:40 p.m. this afternoon,” she said.
What was Casteel looking forward to most once she finally gets home?
“Sleeping in my own bed. Yeah, absolutely.”
Despite the inconvenience, Casteel says she’s taking it all in stride.
“It is February in the Midwest. It’s to be expected. It’s just what happens,” she said.