Refreeze continues to paralyze I-95; drivers trapped for hours - WTOP

"we now have viewed no tow vehicles, no broken down vehicles, no police attempting to open lanes up. it's just a standstill automobile parking space, or not it's atrocious."

in case you can stay away from Interstate ninety five in Virginia for Tuesday morning shuttle, achieve this.

A horrendous traffic congestion that begun all over Monday morning's iciness storm has grown regularly worse with plummeting overnight temperatures inflicting melting snow to refreeze. As of 5 a.m. Tuesday, the WTOP traffic core become following at the least 4 hindrance spots on I-95 by myself from spinouts in icy circumstances, each involving dissimilar spinouts including tractor trailers.

a whole bunch of drivers are nonetheless stranded in the Stafford area. Some have stated been at a standstill for over 12 hours, shutting off their engines in frigid weather to conserve dwindling fuel.

Plans are underway to ebook motors currently stopped on the interstate to neighborhood interchanges, where they can access alternate routes. I-ninety five continues to be closed both methods from Dumfries (Exit 152) to Carmel Church (Exit 104) within the Fredericksburg enviornment. Callers on Tuesday said crews in the Quantico area had been at last letting traffic inch previous crashed trucks — only to run into an extra blockage down the road.

WTOP traffic reporter Dave Dildine known as it a worst-case state of affairs.

"Some americans have been considered forsaking their automobiles in snow-lined commute lanes, running down I-ninety five to elements unknown," Dildine noted. "Some callers have been sobbing and scared. Psychologically is it extraordinarily distressing to be motionless on a motorway for hours on end without figuring out how plenty longer it is going to remaining."

road closures throughout the area Maryland
  • Clara Barton Parkway: Closed between MacArthur Boulevard/Glen Echo turnaround and the Maryland-D. C. state line because of distinct downed trees.
  • Virginia
  • I-95 in Garrisonville: Southbound site visitors stopped between VA-610/Garrisonville street (Exit 143) and VA-8900/Centreport Parkway (Exit 136) due to distinctive crashes and disabled cars.
  • I-95 in Woodford: Northbound traffic stopped between VA-639/Ladysmith (Exit 110) and VA-606/Thornburg (Exit 118) as a result of multiple disabled vans and tractor-trailers.
  • I-ninety five in Stafford: Northbound site visitors stopped between VA-610/Garrisonville highway (Exit 143) and VA-619/Triangle (Exit one hundred fifty) as a result of numerous crashes and disabled cars.
  • US-17 in Hartwood: Closed north of VA-612/Hartwood road as a result of a crash involving assorted tractor-trailers.
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    Regional officers promised most important highways had been pretreated and fleets of plows made able to roll out before Monday's storms. but blizzard costs of over two inches per hour and a excessive quantity of traffic made for an ideal storm rivaling other notorious go back and forth disasters in contemporary reminiscence.

    Trapped commuters on I-95 ran out of gas with youngsters and pets in their motor vehicle. Some drivers had been compelled to spend the overnight on the motorway without a loos neighborhood and temperatures plunging into the low 20s.

    "We've been parked right here for 5 hours south of Quantico," Claire Hughes, a commuter on I-95, advised WTOP. "we've seen no tow trucks, no damaged down motors, no police making an attempt to open lanes up. It's just a standstill parking lot, it's atrocious."

    NBC information correspondent Josh Lederman found himself in a traffic congestion about half an hour south of the District on Monday afternoon. As of around dawn on Tuesday, he nonetheless hadn't budged. In a Twitter thread, Lederman spoke of americans have been taking endeavor breaks and strolling their canines between derelict automobiles.

    Like a whole lot of others, Lederman — accompanied by means of his dog Jonas — spent the cold night on the interstate nervously eyeing the fuel gauge, going hours devoid of seeing police or plows. Lederman melted snow for his dog to drink.

    "I even have some gum and about a third of a bottle of water. If things get in fact bad, I've got food for my dog, however I'm hoping it doesn't come to that," Lederman informed WTOP by means of telephone. "in case you were in an emergency at the moment, there's absolutely no manner anybody might get to you for anything clinical or otherwise. americans who're right here are only stuck."

    Dildine defined that the paralysis turned into led to by heavy snow and too many vehicles for street conditions to maintain.

    "The heavy burst of snow Monday morning prompt a series response of truck crashes and stalled vehicles," Dildine spoke of. "As traffic initially lurched to a stop, snow swiftly piled up between vehicles. With plows unable to reach the snow-covered mainline, more drivers began spinning their wheels and the severity of the bottlenecks continued to irritate."

    Virginia department of Transportation spokeswoman Kelly Hannon referred to crews are concentrating their efforts on clearing blocked vehicles and treating highway surfaces for a couple of inches of snow and ice accumulation.

    "We be aware of this has been unheard of and individuals had been stuck for prolonged durations and we stay at work in the course of the nighttime to get things moving again," Hannon informed WTOP early Tuesday. "We actually have in mind and empathize with the distress that so many people are going through, and once again, our total mission is to hold traffic relocating."

    WTOP's Matt Small contributed to this document.

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