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Winter storm leaves motorists stranded

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From snow-blanketed Colorado to Nebraska, Kansas and Iowa, drivers across the region are dealing with high winds, whiteouts and slippery roads.

"It's been horrible," said truck driver Terry Reeder. "Just going down the highway at 35 miles an hour, I'm in a skid."

Snow plow drivers are having a hard time clearing the roads.

"We could plow it if it was just snow, but with the wind, just covers it right back," said snow plow driver Red Campbell. "It's a long time before we win the battle."

Truck drivers are making the hard choice to wait it out or gamble if their heavy rigs can withstand the blizzard conditions.

"I think even now it's dangerous on the roads so it's going to be scary driving on back so, but we're heading out, so we'll see how it goes," said truck driver Ron Hopwood.

Denver Airport personnel were de-icing planes, scrambling to get back on schedule. More than 600 flights were cancelled Friday.

Even in Denver, a city used to snow, the storm is impeding some services.

"It's very hard for ambulances to truck on these kinds of roads," said ambulance driver Kayla Jaquis. "They are not essentially equipped to run a foot of snow on the road, so we always have the risk of getting stuck."

From marooned bicyclists, to stressed-out plow drivers and those getting re-acquainted with their shovels, everyone is trying to recover from the single heaviest February snowstorm in 100 years.

"It is what it is," said a truck driver. "You can't change Mother Nature, so we just kind of roll with the punches."

 

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