Airlines issue waivers for Colorado airports this weekend ahead of Winter Storm Xylia

The arrival of 60-degree temperatures over the past week may have some Americans breaking out their shorts or opening up their convertible tops but it would seem winter is not done with the U.S. just yet.

On Thursday, airlines announced a new round of travel waivers for Colorado airports ahead of a “significant winter storm” that is expected to impact the Central Rockies and High Plains states beginning Friday evening and continuing through the rest of the weekend.

“Light snow is forecast to develop Friday evening across the region; however, much of the winter weather impacts are forecast to occur later in the day on Saturday and throughout much of Sunday,” the NWS said Thursday morning. “Widespread travel impacts are likely. Winter Storm Watches have been issued and include southeast Wyoming, northeast and north-central Colorado, as well as western Nebraska.”

Accuweather predicted the storm could be the worst for Denver since 1885.

“The looming storm threatens to be a long-duration event that could result in snowfall totals nearing 2 feet in Denver and piling as high as 3 feet in places west of Denver, such as Boulder and Fort Collins,” it noted. “Heavy snow will stretch north into Wyoming as well.”

Airlines issue travel waivers to prevent passengers and planes from becoming stranded, allowing them to reschedule flights without paying a penalty. The destinations covered, travel dates and other fine print vary by airline and are likely to change with the storms’ projected path and severity. 

American Airlines

Dates covered:  March 12-15

Destinations covered:  Nine, including Denver, Aspen, Colorado Springs, Durango, Steamboat Springs and Vail 


Frontier Airlines

Dates covered: March 12-14 

Destinations covered:  Denver and Colorado Springs


JetBlue Airways

Dates covered:  March 13-15

Destinations covered:  Three Colorado airports, including Denver, Montrose and Steamboat Springs


Southwest Airlines

Dates covered:  March 12-14

Destinations covered: Colorado Springs, Denver, Montrose-Telluride, Steamboat Springs


United Airlines

Dates covered:  March 12-15

Destinations covered:  10, including Denver, Colorado Springs, Vail, Aspen, Breckenridge in Colorado as well as Cheyenne, Wyoming


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