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Colorado digs out from storm


Two men dig out a truck and trailer, used to transport show pigs, from a snowdrift Monday on U.S. Highway 24 northeast of Falcon, Colo. The 17 show pigs had to spend Sunday night in the trailer after the truck driver slid off the road. 
 (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)
Two men dig out a truck and trailer, used to transport show pigs, from a snowdrift Monday on U.S. Highway 24 northeast of Falcon, Colo. The 17 show pigs had to spend Sunday night in the trailer after the truck driver slid off the road. (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)
Melissa Trujillo Associated Press

DENVER – Standing in a line that snaked through the terminal, Lynn Miller still was trying to get home Monday after being stranded for two long days in the airport because of a spring storm that dumped nearly 2 feet of wet, heavy snow across Colorado.

“We’d like at least to get out of the state of Colorado,” she said. “We’re just tired.”

Her family was among 2,000 passengers stranded at Denver International Airport overnight as hundreds of flights were canceled. Many were back in the air by Monday.

The spring storm caught Colorado by surprise Sunday with snow and gusty winds. By Monday, 2 feet of snow had fallen across a large chunk of the state, including the Denver suburbs.

As airlines struggled to get back to normal Monday, drivers stranded on Interstate 70 were trying to get back on the road.

About 40 people spent the night in a shelter set up in a church in Limon.

Bobby Lloyd, a 23-year-old student, was happy to be inside after having spent Saturday night in his car west of Denver.

“It’s been a good change to know other people,” he said. “Everyone’s got a full agenda, I’m sure, but sometimes life has a funny way of making you stop and smell the roses.”

Others were enjoying the late-season snow. Student Alan Maccarone skipped classes to ski at Winter Park, which got a foot of new snow.

“I’ll pay for this later,” he said.

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