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Drivers faced rough Wednesday evening commute in Md. and Va.

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That’s one of the words many drivers in Maryland and Virginia had for Wednesday evening’s commute — the first real work day for many after digging out from the blizzard that dumped up to two feet of snow on the region.

There were several problems adding to the traffic, authorities said. Big snow mounds remain in some intersections where plows pushed it. Snow still blocks and reduces the space of some travel lanes on roads. And then there is cabin fever — everyone frustrated by the pace of getting back to “normal.”

Two bad spots in particular Wednesday evening were in Maryland and Virginia. One along Wisconsin Avenue from upper Northwest Washington to Bethesda, drivers sat for hours to go just a few miles. It was not exactly clear what was the cause of the problem. But plenty of snow remained in the right travel lane along Wisconsin.

Riders shared on social media —

Another bad spot Wednesday evening was at the parking garage at the Franconia-Springfield Metro stop. Outside the garage, riders said there was a crash and that caused a backup for those parked inside the Metro garage.

A look at the scene there: