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Last Updated: Thursday, 21 December 2006, 23:49 GMT
In pictures: Colorado snow storm

Drivers approach Denver International Airport in white-out driving conditions

A major snow storm has hit the western US state of Colorado, paralysing its biggest cities and causing the cancellation of more than 1,000 flights at Denver International Airport.

Two people wait at Denver airport

Thousands of travellers stranded at Denver airport and in the city's hotels face a long wait for flights, with officials predicting runways will stay closed until Friday.

Pedestrians brace against the snow and wind as they cross a street in Denver's financial district

Up to two feet (0.6m) of snow had fallen in Denver by early Thursday, with strong winds creating deep drifts.

A man crosses a deserted, snow-covered street in downtown Denver

Denver's streets remained largely deserted, with stretches of highway around the city made impassable by the snow.

A woman pulls her two sons on a sledge in Denver

For others, the snowy conditions gave an opportunity to dust off sledges and head for the empty roads.

Brenda Angle shovels snow on a pavement in downtown Denver during a snowstorm

The National Weather Service has posted a blizzard warning for most of Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas.

Robert Bigelow clears snow from the pavement in front of his home in Denver

Many Denver residents have taken to the streets to try to clear the mounting snow, which is hampering their daily life.

Thom Hartman uses a snow-blower to clear a pavement in Denver

Some locals - like Thom Hartman pictured above - were better prepared than others.

A man uses his cross-country skis to travel into central Denver

The last Christmas blizzard to hit Colorado was in 1982, when about two feet of snow blanketed Denver.

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