For nearly two days, David Higgins, his wife, Yvonne, and their 5-year-old daughter, Hannah, huddled shivering in their sport utility vehicle. The family was buried so deep in snow that they couldn't hear rescuers pacing the 4-foot-deep blanket of white above them, desperate to find them before their air ran out.
The League City family had been headed for a pre-Christmas skiing vacation at Angel Fire resort in New Mexico on Monday when their 2003 GMC Yukon got stuck in a blizzard on U.S. Highway 412 about 30 miles outside the town of Clayton.
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"It got to the point where it was a complete whiteout," said David Higgins, a firefighter at a plant in Pasadena. "You couldn't even see anything other than white."