Day After Storm Leaves Dangerous Roads

Daybreak Thursday in Colorado Springs, gave some drivers a chance to survey the damage.

"[Wednesday] night was pretty crazy on the way home," said Mark Burgess.

Crazy in this case is defined as almost one hundred cars parked at research and powers, trapped by drifting snow and zero visibility.

Some drivers had to get out and walk home.

"It was a little frightening getting out of the car and not being able to see. All we could think about were those people on that mountain in Oregon," said Lisa, a resident of Colorado Springs.

But with the help of a tow truck or a few good old fashioned shovels... Progress, one car at a time.

"Thank God for search and rescue. They're getting us out."

By nightfall the trouble isn't over. There's still plenty of snow to sink a car.

"They're stuck and I can help 'em. I have a truck for that," said Charlie Simpich, who stopped to free a stuck driver.

Still, more are heading out for the first time since the blizzard hit. Testing the roads if they can...

"We got like a 3 foot drift in the driveway we can't pull it out," said Joy Senn.

...Or, like Joy and her friend Allie ulrich, heading out on foot if they can't.

"We've got our Christmas hats on. We'll be fine,” Allie said.

And even though the plows are out and working overtime, travel is still treacherous, which makes another night inside sound like a pretty good idea.

"I'm not planning on going anywhere," said Carla Oehlerking of Colorado Springs.

These conditions will make for a tricky morning commute.

Authorities ask everyone to take it nice and slow and give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination.

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