And just like that, a foot of snow is on the ground in what the Virginia Department of Transportation is calling an “unprecedented event.” But drivers are calling it a total disaster.
“The situation currently unfolding in Northern Virginia comes after a winter storm dumped up to a foot of snow and toppled trees across the Fredericksburg region Monday,” Fox News reports. “As of right now, Interstate-95 remains closed northbound and southbound between Exits 104 and 152 leading up to the Washington, D.C., metro area and there are reports of drivers being trapped on the icy roads for at least 19 hours, such as Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine.”
“We know many travelers have been stuck on Interstate 95 in our region for extraordinary periods of time over the past 24 hours, in some cases since Monday morning. This is unprecedented, and we continue to steadily move stopped trucks to make progress toward restoring lanes,” Marcie Parker, an engineer with the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Fredericksburg district, said in a statement.
WATCH as some stranded drivers turn around on parts of I-95 in Virginia to escape traffic brought on by Monday’s snowstorm. DETAILS: https://t.co/OZ7Fr73bZB pic.twitter.com/BZLu9n3Nwe
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“In addition to clearing the trucks, we are treating for snow and several inches of ice that has accumulated around them to ensure that when the lanes reopen, motorists can safely proceed to their destination,” Parker added.
Some drivers have been stuck in their cars for more than 15 hours.
Read the full story over at Fox News.