DENVER -- A blizzard that moved into the Denver metro area Wednesday morning has moved out, sliding off to the east.
The blizzard warning for Denver expired a little after 6 p.m. but not before strong winds and heavy, wet snow created havoc across the area, especially for drivers and passengers.
Denver International Airport closed around noon after the Federal Aviation Administration halted all air traffic because of poor visibility caused by the high winds. The airport reopened at 7 p.m. although some airlines, including United, canceled all their flights for the day.
Because of the bad visibility and treacherous road conditions, the Colorado Department of Transportation mandated all passenger vehicles to have chains, snow tires or four-wheel through the interstates and highways around the Denver area. CDOT lifted those restrictions Wednesday evening,
Students ended up with a snow day when several school districts made the decision to close ahead of the blizzard. Those districts included Denver Public Schools, Aurora Public Schools, Cherry Creek Schools and Adams County Schools.
Xcel Energy reported 190,000 customers lost power, Workers have been out trying and have restored power to about 100,000 customers and plan to work through the night to get electricity up and running for the rest.
Crews from Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico will be in the area Thursday to help restore power.
Snow will wrap up by Wednesday night and be followed by clear skies. It will be sunny Thursday with temperatures into the upper 40s.
A second classic spring snowstorm is setting up to move into the area Friday night into Saturday with another few inches of snow expected.
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