Snowzilla's power is felt all the way to DIA

Snowzilla's power is felt all the way to DIA
Posted at 5:01 PM, Jan 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-23 21:33:00-05

Even as Denver basks in the unseasonably warm temperatures, the blizzard in the northeast is causing a ripple effect of trouble at Denver International Airport.

Eighty-two flights were canceled in and out of the airport on Saturday, stranding hundreds of passengers flying into Denver from the snow in the northeast.

Former Olympic swimming champion Amy Van Dyken-Rouen is stranded in Baltimore. She can't make it to Denver for a very special honor at Sports Authority Field at Mile High during Sunday's AFC Championship game.

"When you talk about being stuck .. well I'm STUCK," exclaimed Van Dyken-Rouen over a Skype interview with Denver7 reporter Eric Lupher.

She was the keynote speaker for a USA Lacrosse event in Baltimore and now she can't get out of there until at least Monday thanks to the blizzard slamming the northeast.

She was going to be honored at halftime of the big game as the 'Broncos Country Hero'. She was even going to be allowed on the field for the whole first quarter of the game. Instead, she's stuck in a hotel room watching the snow fall in Maryland.

"You can't see anything," she said. "It's a whiteout. It's awful."

Denver7 caught up with a couple who barely made it to Denver. "I checked the flight board every 30 minutes," said Courtney Perrish. 

She and her brother flew to Denver from Nashville.

"We just missed it," said Nathan Perrish. "Friday's flights were all canceled. Luckily all the flights were on time today."

Nashville got a rare and staggering 7 inches of snow on Friday.

In New York City, the snowfall expectation is up to 25 inches -- which could mean this blizzard would be among the top 5 strongest ever in the city.

These are the top NYC snowstorms on record:

  • 5. 20.2 inches in 1996
  • 4. 20.9 inches in 2010
  • 3. 21.0 inches in 1888
  • 2. 25.8 inches in 1947
  • 1. 26.9 inches in 2006


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