Thick snowstorm blankets Steamboat ski slopes, delays, diverts some holiday flights
The thick snow that began to fall just before daylight in Steamboat Springs on Dec. 23 was having a positive effect on the slopes, but causing some diversions and delays at Yampa Valley Regional Airport in Hayden, 23 miles to the west of Steamboat.
At mid-afternoon, Steamboat Ski Area was reporting 10.5 inches of fresh snow in the previous 24 hours, but most of that had accumulated since dawn. And at 4:30 p.m., very thick snow had been falling for two-and-a-half hours, with no sign of it letting up.
By late afternoon, the snowstorm was beginning to have an affect on a limited number of flights at the airport. Although United Airline’s flight 5794 from Los Angeles arrived ahead of schedule at 2:25 p.m., United’s flight 1199 from Houston, due in at 2:02 p.m., was diverted to Denver, according to tracker.flightview.com. The schedule showed the estimated arrival time for the Houston flight was re-scheduled for 6:42 p.m.
American flight 2299 from Dallas was also diverted to Denver with an estimated new time of arrival at 5:19 p.m.
Other flights managed to touch down in the Yampa Valley on Saturday, including two United flights from Denver. The United flight from Newark arrived just 9 minutes behind schedule at 10:28 a.m. The flight from Washington, DC arrived at 12:12 p.m. about 90 minutes late.
Delta’s flight from Atlanta arrived 11 minutes late at 12:22 p.m. The ViaAir flight from Austin, Texas, and the Alaska Airlines flight from San Diego both arrived just a little late. And another American flight scheduled to arrive at 12:44 p.m. touched down in the Yampa Valley at 2:07 p.m.
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