Digging Out

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An estimated two-thousand people woke up at Denver International Airport this morning, thanks to a spring storm that forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights and left many travelers unable or unwilling to look for other accommodations.

And the size of that backlog could force some of the people stranded to remain at D-I-A until tomorrow, when airlines are expected to resume normal operations.

Airport spokesman Steve Snyder says about 700 flights depart on an average Sunday, but only "a few dozen" got out yesterday. The state's largest airport technically remained open, but the cold temperatures and strong winds made it impossible to keep planes deiced.

Meanwhile, a 200-mile stretch of Interstate 70 remains closed from Aurora, to Colby, Kansas, because of whiteout conditions -- and a shortage of places to find shelter. Colorado transportation officials say I-70 will remain closed at least to the Kansas line until mid-afternoon or later.

Sherman County, Kansas sheriff's Deputy Burton Pianalto says motels in Goodland have no more rooms to offer travelers, after many stopped driving in the midst of lightning, sleet, hail and snow.

And in Limon, a truck stop worker says she can't see I-70 -- even though it's right out her window -- because of strong winds whipping the snow that's already fallen.