Drivers Stranded And Cars Abandoned During Snow Storm

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So many cars were abandoned on the side of the road near and along Woodmen Road Wednesday in Colorado Springs.

The road was shut down for most of the day, and countless drivers were forced to wait or turn around.

The scene along Woodmen was like a car graveyard. Car, after car, after car, all abandoned and peppered along the side of the road.

Some stretches of Woodmen were a sheet of ice and shut down for hours.

"It was scary, we couldn't see in front of us,” driver Irma Konner Paulini said. “We were, like, a little in despair because it was scary."

A lot of drivers were forced to either stay put on the road or pull off to a nearby gas station to wait it out. Some folks waited six hours.

"My wife works at Walmart there and I was only like 2.6 miles away and [law enforcement] turned me around," driver Vern McQueen told us.

I-25 had been closed for most of the day at the Woodmen exit. Wednesday night, a long line of cars and truckers were sitting on the interstate waiting for it to reopen.

In the meantime, a Red Cross shelter opened at New Life Church for stranded drivers. When we were there, a group of strangers helped each other get to this safe and warm shelter.

"After seeing so many people stranded it's beautiful to see how people have pulled together. It says a lot about humanity," stranded driver Geoff Dunn said.

“You just have to be lighthearted about it, because being upset about it won't change the situation," stranded driver Brad Morrow added.

The Red Cross told us they will be open as long as they need to be. As of 9:30 p.m. Wednesday that shelter reported 10 stranded drivers at the location.

The thick sheet of ice continues to make the drive slick so if you're planning to be out on the roads Thursday morning, you know the drill: give yourself some extra time to get where you're going.