Winter weather returns: Major travel impacts this Thanksgiving week

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Expect heavy snow, wind and covered roads today. A winter storm warning is in effect until this afternoon for places shaded pink in the below graphic. Areas shaded in blue will be under a winter weather advisory. (If on a mobile device, click the image to view better.)


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TIMING

Snow will stick around through the afternoon and wrap up by night. Wind will be an issue for EVERYONE, with widespread gusts over 40mph for much of the day.

IMPACT ON THE ROADS

Today is going to be a dangerous travel day, especially for those traveling north of the Springs, such as to DIA. The Colorado Department of Transportation has released a Thanksgiving week travel forecast ahead of the storm, warning drivers that there is the risk of highway safety closures Tuesday, which could result in being stranded on the road for hours if out and about. CDOT is strongly encouraging delaying holiday travel throughout the state until Wednesday.

"There is a chance that travel could become impossible in the Denver area Tuesday morning, so residents should be prepared for that possibility," CDOT said.

Our 11 News meteorologists say that the storm is going to be accompanied by strong winds, which could result in whiteout conditions at times.

Click here for the most up-to-date highway and interstate road conditions and closures: cotrip.org

IMPACT AT AIRPORTS

Some airlines are already offering to accommodate those who booked flights Monday or Tuesday. 11 News has confirmed with the following:

- Travelers flying Southwest either of those days will be permitted to rebook their flights.
- Delta customers flying out on Tuesday can rebook a flight for no later than Friday and avoid fees.
- Frontier and United customers traveling Tuesday will be allowed to rebook without fees.

Stay on top of flight delays and cancellations:

Click here for flights in and out of DIA.

Click here for flights in and out of Colorado Springs.

SIGN UP FOR CLOSING AND DELAY ALERTS

Many schools are on Thanksgiving break this week, but for those that are still in session Tuesday, delays and/or closures are likely. The same goes for military installations and businesses. An up-to-date list can be found by clicking here.

11 News provides personalized push alerts for schools, military installations, businesses, etc. To sign up, first download our KKTV news app: kktv.com/mobile

Once on our app, click the icon in the upper right-hand corner. Scroll down to "Notification Preferences" and choose "Closings." From here, you can search for the district, daycare, etc that you wish to receive closing/delay notifications for.