A Wednesday evening snowfall surprised motorists and created traffic gridlock on untreated roads across the Washington region.
While the city prepares for the arrival of a potentially historic storm on Friday, motorists were caught off-guard during a storm system that dropped about an inch of snow Wednesday. Many roads were untreated, creating lengthy, slow-moving commutes.
Here’s a look at the road conditions across the D.C. area on Wednesday. Roads were expected to be covered in many more inches of snow to end the week.
— WUSA9 (@wusa9) January 21, 2016
DC got an inch of snow tonight to test our readiness for upcoming blizzard… Let's just say it's not going that well.
— Joe Heim (@JoeHeim) January 21, 2016
Another motorcade van slip-sliding on untreated streets. pic.twitter.com/iZ1obyiwqB
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) January 21, 2016
— HoldenKushner (@Holdenradio) January 21, 2016
— Jon Ward (@jonward11) January 21, 2016
Multiple traffic incidents have been reported across the city due to the weather. Please drive safely during your travels.
— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) January 21, 2016
— 7Y Bus Fail (@7YFail) January 21, 2016
— Glover Park (@gloverpark) January 21, 2016
@capitalweather traffic is insane getting out of DC. I left Capitol Hill at 6:30 PM and have only made it to Roslyn and it's 8:30 PM.
— Lisa Dry (@bootheelgirl) January 21, 2016
I can confirm that I-66 sucks… pic.twitter.com/xRD7CvO0My
— Richard Barnhill (@wolfpackwx) January 21, 2016
— Rudi Riet (@randomduck) January 21, 2016
Crash involving 2 Metro buses right in front of me on Wisconsin Ave. extremely slick. pic.twitter.com/l0KcuS4qa5
— Dave Dildine (@DildineWTOP) January 21, 2016
No that is not a still photo. It's video. 66 West just after crossing the river into Arlington. pic.twitter.com/Jl5khmp9Q3
— Tom Roussey (@tomrousseyABC7) January 21, 2016