Winter storms postpone local events

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Friday night’s storm brought between 7 and 10 inches of snow, forcing Red Rocks and the Royal Gorge to cancel their Easter sunrise services. Dozens of local outdoor Easter egg hunts were also cancelled Saturday.

Wednesday’s storm brought less snow but more wind, creating blizzard conditions and forcing major highways and roadways to be closed for several hours, leaving hundreds of people stranded or stuck.

“I’ve heard from several people they pulled out 12 apiece, so we’re looking at several dozen Wednesday,” said Jeremy Ketchie, a volunteer rescuer. “Last night surprisingly there was hardly anyone on the road so we actually didn’t pull anybody out last night.”

The volunteer groups Stand Tall Colorado 4 x 4 and Colorado 4 x 4 Rescue and Recovery help drivers stuck in the snow get out safely and at no cost.

“We get together as soon as storm is coming up,” said Ketchie. “Predominately we hit the areas that are prone to cars sliding off, the hillier areas of town.”

Friday’s snowstorm fell consistently throughout the night, which kept many drivers off the road.

“For a Friday night, with the snow coming down, we were a bit surprised we didn’t pull anyone out,” said Ketchie. “Granted, it looks like the city really got on the roads and took care of a lot of that.”

Colorado Springs Police Department remains on accident alert status as conditions are expected to remain cold and slick.

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