DENVER - Stranded holiday travelers lined up at ticket counters at snowbound Denver International Airport early Thursday, hoping to get out of town amid a powerful snowstorm that paralyzed Colorado's biggest cities with up to 2 feet of snow.
Officials had little encouragement to offer. Airport spokesman Steve Snyder said Thursday morning that the runways would likely remain closed until noon on Friday.
Outside, the city's streets were empty, and long stretches of highway around Denver were so impassable, even the mail couldn't get through.
"It feels like I'm a refugee," said Lisa Maurer, a University of Wyoming student who was stuck at the Denver airport as she tried to make her way home to Germany.
Some 4,700 people hunkered down with her overnight after all flights there were canceled - more than 1,000 of them Wednesday and Thursday, Snyder said.