Snowstorm delays flights, forces highway closures in Colorado

A fiery accident on I-25 has closed the interstate at Johnson's Corner.

DENVER (AP) - A powerful snowstorm moving through Colorado has forced the cancellation of about 100 flights at Denver International Airport and led transportation officials to close several highways, including Interstate 70 from Denver to Kansas.

The National Weather Service says up to 7 inches of snow could fall in the Denver area Saturday, and higher accumulations are expected on the eastern plains.

The Colorado Department of Transportation is using 73 snowplows in Denver and about 250 more along the rest of the Front Range. Another 30 plows are clearing Interstate 70 from Denver to Vail.

The northbound lanes of Interstate 25 near Johnstown south of Fort Collins are closed because of multiple accidents, including a tractor-trailer that crashed and burst into flames. An estimated 20 to 50 vehicles have crashed or slid off the roadway in the area.

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