Winter Weather Brings Road Closures, Accidents

By: KKTV
By: KKTV
Sudden winter weather striking the Colorado Springs area made several streets almost impassable for drivers Thursday morning.

Crash near the intersection of Union and Jackson, on the morning of Feb. 23.

Sudden winter weather striking Colorado Springs made several areas almost impassable for drivers Thursday.

Multiple roads have reopened after being closed through mid-morning, although Highway 24 remains closed from Peyton to Limon.

Conditions on the interstate remain slushy in parts, but are largely drivable through Colorado Springs.

Springs police were on Accident Alert Status for most of the morning, but no longer are as of 11:40 a.m.


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  • by tt on Feb 24, 2012 at 11:26 AM
    Jerko, u don't remember any schools, stay classy jerko,. stay classy.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 23, 2012 at 05:49 PM
    my husband ..a 5th generation Colorado native..had a heck of a time getting to work this morning...he said he fishtailed all kinds...so all you people from kansas like "jako" can bite me...and yes I kept my kids home
  • by Jenn Location: c. springs on Feb 23, 2012 at 11:49 AM
    Very good point "D". There are many teachers that have to travel quite a distance. It took my husband over an hour to get to work and he is an experienced "winter weather" driver. I don't think that point has much to do with the reasoning behind parents wanting to have a "little extra" time in the bad conditions. We aren't talking about the school being completely closed. We are talking about a DELAY so that people can have a little extra time, and allow DOT to plow/sand etc and get where they need to go safely. Accidents happen no matter the weather.
  • by D. Location: C. Springs on Feb 23, 2012 at 11:33 AM
    Please also take into consideration the safety of school employees. While most kids only have to travel a short distance to school, the employees come from various areas. In my school alone, we have employees who drive in from Castle Rock, Monument, Pueblo, and Falcon. In a winter storm it can take an hour or more just to get to school. If it's early in the morning and the roads haven't be cleared it can be an extremely dangerous drive. The school districts have built in snow days into their calendars so that they can err on the side of safety if they need to.
  • by jessica Location: north cos on Feb 23, 2012 at 10:34 AM
    Dear "David", I personally went out at 5am and was already slipping and sliding. I would not have been able to safely take my kids to school today. But I would like to point out that they at least know the difference between "to" and "too" and how to use them correctly, so a missed day here or there certainly isn't harming them any!
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      by Jako on Feb 23, 2012 at 01:10 PM in reply to jessica
      Dear Jessica, maybe you should take all that time you use critiquing other people's grammer and use it to learn how to drive in the snow. Thank you.
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        by Parent on Feb 23, 2012 at 02:00 PM in reply to Jako
        @Jako. Parents are concerned about how their children will get to school in bad weather conditions. Alot of high school students drive to school now due to the fact the most families now have both moms and dads working. Also, think of the children that have to walk to school in these conditions. I don't keep my dog outside in the kind of weather that we had this morning! There were multiple accidents all over the place this a.m. If I call my children in due to weather it is still an absence. If your child or children are striving for "perfect attendance" (as most schools really push importance of) then this absence is an Absence. It doesn't seem fair to kids to punish them for climate conditions that a school district could either accomodate with a "late start" or close the schools and be concerned for the children that attend their schools. BRAVO DISTRICT 38, 20 AND 49 FOR YOUR DECISION TO CLOSE YOUR SCHOOLS FOR THE DAY!! You have proven to this family that your school districts not only care for the students but for their entire faculty and staff.
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          by Jako on Feb 23, 2012 at 02:49 PM in reply to Parent
          No sympathy here, I walked to school when I was a kid, I drove when I was in high school. I don't remeber any schools then. My children do the same now, if there is no school great, if there is they go. I can tell you this, we havn't had a hard winter in years, this morning was a cake walk compared to past winter storms. My advice, life is scary and full of risks, learn to deal with them and move on.
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          by Jako on Feb 23, 2012 at 02:50 PM in reply to Parent
          *I don't remeber any snow days, sorry.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 23, 2012 at 10:14 AM
    Yes, D3 has closed very little in 40 years. Because it doesn't get that bad as it gets in the north part of the springs. We used to have mandatory drivers ed and you had to be able to drive in the snow/ice to pass the class. Parent's can keep their kids home and allowed to take them in late. What needs to change, is it needs to be mandatory to pass a winter driving course to get a Colorad license.
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      by Scott on Feb 23, 2012 at 02:12 PM in reply to
      BS! The weather gets just as bad in D3! They put the children and teachers lives in jeopardy every year when the weather hits.
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      by Are YouSerious on Feb 23, 2012 at 02:13 PM in reply to
      @Anonymous. Are you serious? What about the Coca-Cola driver that his truck slid and rolled and ejected two people from this a.m.? I'm sure he had a valid commercial truck drivers license and required to pass the necessary tests that you mentioned. I agee Drivers Education would be awesome to have back in our public schools; however, the best driver can still be involved in an accident. ICE is ICE and even the best drivers can have accidents. Accidents happen due to poor visibility and white outs conditions such as were present this morning. You are way off track!
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      by Anonymous on Feb 23, 2012 at 02:37 PM in reply to
      there were 3 accidents down in d3 today by talbott and another school. Wasson? A driving cours would be fantastic,but it still wouldnt change the fact that ice is ice. Even the best of drivers have accidents. There were several accidents involving ppl with commercial licenses. In Fountain, a school bus was rear ended. Sometimes it does get bad in d3.
  • by For Realz???? Location: Monument on Feb 23, 2012 at 09:57 AM
    Any parents that feel their children shouldn't be out in this weather need to stop being so passive-aggressive. You have a choice and a duty to your child to make decisions to keep your own child safe. The superintendent can not take that right away from you by simply keeping schools open. Come on parents! Grow up, be proactive and stop blaming the superintendents for your lack of decision making prowess. You get to keep your kids home if you want to!
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      by Doug on Feb 23, 2012 at 12:04 PM in reply to For Realz????
      What people making this same point are missing is that you and hundreds of other parents in the area are making the right choice; the choice superintendents in D2, 3 & 8 are afraid to make. This forces their teachers, which is the superintendents’ responsibility, to put together 50% or more make-up packets which means it’s more efficient for learning to reinstruct. If it is a lost day of instruction anyway, why not use the closure/delay hours already built into the academic calendar?
  • by For Realz???? Location: Monument on Feb 23, 2012 at 09:57 AM
    Any parents that feel their children shouldn't be out in this weather need to stop being so passive-aggressive. You have a choice and a duty to your child to make decisions to keep your own child safe. The superintendent can not take that right away from you by simply keeping schools open. Come on parents! Grow up, be proactive and stop blaming the superintendents for your lack of decision making prowess. You get to keep your kids home if you want to!
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      by ReallyWeCan on Feb 23, 2012 at 02:02 PM in reply to For Realz????
      We can keep our children home if we choose; but it still counts as a absent day with makeup work galore!
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      by Anonymous on Feb 23, 2012 at 02:30 PM in reply to For Realz????
      agreed
  • by Sam on Feb 23, 2012 at 09:48 AM
    I agree. Safety comes first. There are accidents all over town. Is it really worth our safety and that of our children to drive in conditions in which the news is saying the roads are dangerous. I, as a parent, kept my girls home from school. Its not always us as a driver, but others who think they are professional drivers in the snow.
  • by Chris Location: Coloradosprings on Feb 23, 2012 at 09:18 AM
    I agree with others. The superintendant of D2 is very proud of the fact that he NEVER closes school for weather, just because he used to live in Minn. The difference is that their snow removal is probably better AND they are more experienced drivers. I frequently play the parent card and today was one of those days. I wonder how many of the "multiple" accidents at Chelton and Murray were from people trying to get their kids to D2 schools in the area? Sure, parents should know they can keep their kids home but the problem for some parents is that their work doesn't excuse them for a snow day unless the school calls a snow day.
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      by MN on Feb 23, 2012 at 09:52 AM in reply to Chris
      I was born and raised in Minnesota also. They don't clear the roads better in Minnesota.Both Minnesota and Colorado are known for the amounts of snow they get, therefore both states plan for snow removal. When we moved to Colorado 3 years ago, our kids had 12 snow days. That would be completely unnecessary when a few of those times for maybe a 1/2" snow. I'll tell you a little Minnesota secret to driving on snow and ice. STOP USING YOUR BRAKES ON ICE!!!! Go a decent speed for the conditions, slow down instead of braking and you won't be in the ditch or eating someones bumper. In Minnesota, snow doesn't shut down the city. In Colorado, I can go out today and barely have to share I-25, it's like a ghost town. Kind of nice really :-)
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      by RemindsMeOf on Feb 23, 2012 at 02:03 PM in reply to Chris
      District 11 had one of those awhile back; he came to them from Alaska!
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