Travelers locked in by storm

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS Anyone looking to get to Denver by an airplane or a shuttle were out of luck Wednesday because of an April snowstorm that crippled the metro area.

Blizzard conditions along the Front Range and Interstate 70 had an impact on Yampa Valley Regional Airport and local shuttle service companies.

The inclement weather shut down Denver International Airport and parts of I-70 for most of Wednesday.

The shutdown of DIA impacted incoming and departing flights that were scheduled for Yampa Valley Regional Airport. DIA's closure stranded 99 passengers that were scheduled to fly from the Hayden airport to DIA on Wednesday, said Jim Parker, director of the regional airport.

"The two morning flights were canceled," Parker said. "The three afternoon flights were also canceled."

Due to the problems at DIA, departing flights from the regional airport at 7:10 and 10:30 a.m. were canceled, along with 12:55, 3:55 and 4:55 p.m. departures.

"Right now, we are holding out the overnight flight will get here," Parker said late Wednesday.

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