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Clouds and dust engulf Denver International Airport


A powerful frontal passage moved through Denver, Colorado Monday morning, March 6, 2016, producing damaging winds and blinding snow squalls. Strong winds produced significant damage throughout the Denver Metro Area and grounded flights at Denver International Airport.

Wind gusts of up to 80 km/h (50 mph) and dry conditions in the area caused to dust to pick up and engulf the airport. Due to high winds and forecasted winds in Denver through mid-afternoon, some flights have been canceled.


The high winds and low humidity have also prompted Red Flag Warnings for fire danger across all of Eastern Colorado.

Winds across Denver eventually reached up to 130 km/h (80 mph) and produced significant damage. Video below shows a power pole that snapped in half and fell on top of a Ford Truck, crushing the front end and damaging the windshield. 

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Video courtesy Live Storms Media

Blinding snow squalls affected the morning commute for millions.

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Video courtesy Live Storms Media

Featured image: Clouds and dust engulf Denver International Airport on March 6, 2016. Credit: Paul Thompson (@FlyingPhotog)

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