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Washington, D.C. Snowfall Causes Accidents, Extended Delays

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Jonathan Hernandez2 years ago

Nearly 200 traffic accidents were reported as a result of 1 inch of snow in the Washington, D.C. area this week.

Details about how Weather Conditions Impacted the Highways

Fox 5 DC is reporting that after Wednesday’s snowfall in the D.C. area – a mere one inch in most parts of the city – left many drivers in the area stuck in traffic for hours. Many of the commuters on the road Thursday morning were still there from the night before, not even making it home when they left work the previous evening.

The snowfall started during Wednesday evening’s traffic rush. This caused the precipitation to freeze quickly and form black ice on the roads which created hazardous driving conditions for commuters on their way home.

Parts of Interstates 95, 495, and 270 were jammed throughout the night. Some vehicles like tractor-trailers and others lined the sides of the interstates in the morning after they were forced to pull over for the night.

Virginia State Police say that there were nearly 200 traffic accidents across the entire state, including a state trooper who suffered minor injuries after he was hit by a vehicle while responding to another accident.

By Wednesday morning, the Virginia Department of Transportation had begun mobilizing 115 salt trucks.

Information about Other Snow Storms in the Eastern United States      

According to MSN:

  • Washington, D.C. suffered an even worse snow storm in 2003, known as the “President’s Day Blizzard,” that lasted for nearly five days and caused nearly $20 million in damages in cities like Boston and D.C.
  • In 1993 – one of the deadliest storms ever experienced in the Eastern United States. Known as the “Storm of the Century,” a total of 318 people died during the storm that cause extensive property damage and airport delays.
  • The “Knickerbocker Storm of 1922,” got its name from the collapse of the Knickerbocker Theater in Washington, D.C. that happened during the storm which killed 98 people. 


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