AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – So many cars got stuck on the snow-covered streets in Aurora during Sunday’s snow storm that the city issued an emergency statement. The declaration allows the city to tag abandoned vehicles and tow them away. Aurora’s SWAT team brought out their bear cats to rescue riders stuck in all the snow.
PHOTO: These are the people our SWAT team saved on 64th Ave and Piccadilly in northeast Aurora. They are warming up in the back of our BEAR and are on their way to protection. #WinterStormXylia #StayHomeAurora pic.twitter.com/DRPrD7bZ1J
– Aurora Police Dept (@AuroraPD) March 14, 2021
Motorists in southeast Aurora seemed used to the blizzard conditions that prevailed in the area on Sunday.
“Man, it’s Colorado weather you know!” said a driver.
Even by Colorado standards, this was extreme. The corridor of the E-470 looked like a parking lot. Cars got stuck on ramps and on Quincy Road and Smoky Hill Road.
The same motorist who seemed to accept the state’s inclination towards snow ran into trouble because of it. He said, “My car is completely stuck and um, as you can see, I’m not ready.”
He left his vehicle in the middle of Smoky Hill Road after drifting snow froze him on his tracks. He had this advice for his passengers; “Stay in. If you don’t have to go out, don’t come out.”
ATVs seemed to have little trouble navigating the feet of the snow, but other than that, Mother Nature showed no mercy. SUVs, trucks, and even a plow struggled to get through the snow.
Daniel had no intention of being a hero, but desperate times called for desperate measures.
“I actually wanted to go to the store, but I saw a lot of people on the side. I thought I would help them, ”he says.
Waist-high snow buried a main road. Daniel, who lives in the area, says the road is impassable.
“We’re on Smoky Hill, that’s going west … it’s toast,” he says.
It seemed like a lot of people thought they could handle the tough driving conditions before heading off. Many cars drove slowly on the snow-covered road, but ask someone who has been defeated by the weather and they will tell you that you don’t want to be in their position.
“It’s no fun,” he said as he jumped into a pickup truck that was arriving to take him home.