Southern Colorado drivers cope with brief storm

Wind, cold carry greater impact than snow

Wednesday's Storm Impact

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Wednesday's winter storm passed through southern Colorado without causing any serious accidents or injuries.

However, because the area has had little snow this season, the storm caught some drivers by surprise.  Erin Johnson needed a tow truck to pull her car out of a ditch.

"I was driving home from work," she said.  "I must have hit a patch of ice.  I cried, and I don't cry easily.  But it was very scary.  I was very grateful it wasn't something worse.  I was driving slow.  I was being cautious and careful, I thought."

However, the storm provided an opportunity for student Pete Barringer.

"I plow driveways," he said.  "So I'm loving the weather.  I'm going to try to make some business."

The storm reminded Barringer's older brother how challenging driving can be in slick conditions.

"Just getting out of our driveway was a hassle," said Dan Barringer.  "I had to kick it into four-wheel drive, then slid around backing up.  We had to take a buddy from school to the airport."

Road crews worked to get major thoroughfares clear for the morning and evening commutes Wednesday, and for morning rush hour Thursday.  Ute Pass between Colorado Springs and Woodland Park was relatively clear and dry Wednesday night.

The storm quickly moved out of the area Wednesday night.

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