I don't entirely blame him for stopping short. There were people ahead of him doing the same, and there were parents jaywalking with their kids in tow, just cutting across traffic instead of taking the time and care to use the crosswalks.
As soon as I got on the highway, I saw two accidents, one in each direction, and along the highway I saw impressions where people had gone off. There were a lot of places where the highway wasn't cleared of snow and ice, possibly because it built up faster than the road crews could take care of it. I saw a lot of people not driving safely, and one in particular made me nervous. He really wanted to get somewhere, and was getting too close too fast to too many people. I wouldn't be surprised if he didn't make it.