DIA urges passengers to plan extra time with storm moving into metro area

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DENVER — Officials at Denver International Airport are urging passengers to allow extra time and to drive with caution as a snowstorm moves into the area Tuesday afternoon.

No significant cancellations have been made by airlines as of early Tuesday afternoon. The forecast calls for 3-4 inches of snow to fall at the airport starting about 4 p.m. until noon Wednesday.

Airlines are also expected to be in full deicing operations for the duration of the snow.

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“Passengers should expect to spend a little extra time on the aircraft prior to departure,” officials said in a statement. “The average deicing time is approximately 16 minutes, but can vary based on the type of aircraft.”

Weather-related delays are still possible, so passengers should check on flight schedules, and allow extra time to reach the airport because of wet and icy roads.

DIA has more than 250 pieces of snow removal equipment on the air side and another 120 pieces for parking lots and roadways.

Brooms, blowers, blades, plows, runway sanders, 4,000-gallon chemical trucks, loaders with box plows and multifunction equipment are being deployed for the storm.