04/09/2013 10:36 am ET | Updated Apr 09, 2013

Colorado Spring Snow Storm Closes Schools, Cancels Hundreds Of Flights And Causes Icy Road Conditions

After a 55 degree temperature drop in the last 24 hours, a Spring snow storm has touched down in Colorado canceling or delaying flights at Denver International Airport, closing schools and making for an icy morning commute.

It was 71 degrees in Denver on Monday afternoon and by Tuesday morning at 7 a.m. it was only 16 degrees with winds at nearly 30 mph and a wind chill of 1 degrees, according to NBC News.

7News reports that 465 flights had already been canceled at DIA by 7 a.m. this morning and hundreds more have been delayed. Travelers have been asked to check flight statuses at before heading to the airport.

Nearly 400 schools and businesses are closed or on a delayed schedule as of Tuesday morning. Denver Public Schools announced that they were closing schools Monday night. Besides DPS, the other big metro school districts that were also closed as of Tuesday morning were: Jefferson County, Douglas County, Littleton and St. Vrain. For a full list of closed schools and businesses, visit 9News' comprehensive list.

All 70 of Denver Public Works' snow plows are deployed clearing main roads which were snow packed and icy on Tuesday morning, according to The Denver Post.

For the latest road conditions, visit Colorado Department of Transportation's website.

There was a tornado warning issued on Monday evening after a tornado touched down in Yuma County. No injuries were reported. Another tornado was reported in Washington County on Monday night before 8 p.m. destroying a mobile home and damaging others, but no injuries were reported then either, according to 7News.

By the time the storm passes through Denver tonight, the metro area could see up to 5 inches of new snow.


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