DENVER Air travelers found few difficulties Wednesday as a busy but calm Denver airport entered its heaviest Thanksgiving travel week in its 15-year history.
Drivers in parts of Colorados mountains faced tougher conditions. The mountains in southern and southwestern Colorado were under a blizzard warning, with forecasters warning of whiteout conditions. However, the storm was less severe in the northern and central mountains including Vail and Aspen.
In Durango, the National Weather Service expected sunny skies for Thanksgiving but frigid lows tonight. The low for Durango is expected to be 2 degrees tonight. In Silverton, the low tonight is expected be 1 degree above zero.
The weather service expects a chance of snow to return to Southwest Colorado Sunday, but skies should remain mostly clear until then.
At Denver International Airport, which expected nearly 162,000 travelers to pass through on Wednesday, security lines were busy but brisk.
Airport officials expect to serve more than 1 million passengers this week.
The heaviest snow was predicted along the Continental Divide, where mountain passes had wind gusts and blowing snow Wednesday, said National Weather Service meteorologist Larry Walrod in Pueblo.
Walrod said lower elevations would see only a slight dusting, but mountain areas along the Continental Divide could see up to 3 feet of snow on the ground by Thanksgiving morning.
The main trough is passing over Colorado today itll be windy, cold and snowing heavily, Walrod said Wednesday.
Little accumulation was predicted in Denver and the eastern part of Colorado.
None of Colorados interstate highways was closed, but highway officials closed some minor mountain passes and called for chain requirements on commercial vehicles. Some interstate highways in Utah and Idaho were closed as the hard-hitting storm moved through there.