Spring Snowstorm Hits Denver Area

DENVER, March 24 (UPI) — Denver commuters struggled with snow, slush and rain Wednesday morning as a spring snowstorm moved out of the area.

The storm, which hit Colorado Tuesday, stranded thousands of travelers, The Denver Post reported.

About 5,000 people spent the night at Denver International Airport because of canceled flights, many of them sleeping on cots provided by the airport. More delays and long lines were expected Wednesday afternoon.

Schools were closed Wednesday in Denver and many surrounding districts. Traffic on roads in the Denver area was light and light rail and buses uncrowded, said Scott Reed, a spokesman for the regional transportation agency.

The National Weather Service up to 16 inches of snow could fall. Late March is usually the time with heaviest snowfalls in Colorado.

Hundreds of miles to the east near Buffalo, N.Y., nearly invisible black ice on the roads was blamed for hundreds of crashes.

No deaths or serious injuries were reported, The Buffalo News said. But several area highways were closed either because of dangerous conditions or multi-vehicle pileups.

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