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Many Teller Countians stay home to avoid roads slickened by Thursday’s storm

The 6.5 inches of snow recorded in Teller County from Thursday’s winter storm closed schools and significantly reduced traffic in the area.

The concern for many drivers wasn’t snow, but frozen slush and ice underneath, and that concern may be why no crashes were reported as of noon Thursday.

Aaron Krueger, a hardware store employee, said he was called in to work early to shovel snow after several co-workers were unable to make it in.

“A lot of people live in Divide and the Florissant area,” he said. “They live in the backwoods and have a hard time getting out of their driveways. So they’re out shoveling, probably now.”

The snow also pleased people who noted recent dry conditions, and plowing companies, which had all the business they could handle in clearing parking lots and driveways.

In Woodland Park, sidewalk plows helped clear the way for pedestrians.

“I can get the blade low enough to remove snow and ice in one pass,” said Geffrey Giddens, a plow driver. “It saves a lot of time and allows me to clear more areas.”

The low temperature of 19 degrees left a woman’s car unable to start. She got a jump from KRDO promotions director Daniel Benson, who happened to be in the area and had cables on hand.

“I can’t thank you enough,” she told Benson. “Thank you so much. I asked other people for help, and they didn’t have time or didn’t have cables.”

More snow is predicted early next week.

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