CARMAGEDDON 2.0: DC's ride home from hell in 1 inch of snow

Commuters who were on the roads for hours Wednesday night into Thursday took refuge at a Fort Washington hospital.

- Some are calling it "Carmageddon 2.0."

Wednesday’s snowfall -- which officially was recorded at under an inch at area airports -- left some drivers around the D.C. area stuck in traffic for hours. Some commuters were still on the road Thursday morning -- not even making it home from Wednesday night's commute.

This all started with a dusting of snow during Wednesday’s evening rush. The precipitation from the clipper froze quickly, causing black ice to form, and creating hazardous driving conditions.

Parts of Interstate 95, 495 and 270 were jammed through the night. Dozens of tractor-trailers and other vehicles lined the sides of these roads early Thursday morning after drivers who were struck in traffic pulled over during Wednesday’s snow.

Drivers on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge were at a complete standstill early Thursday near the beltway.

Virginia State Police said they responded to nearly 200 traffic accidents across the state. One trooper at a crash scene on Interstate 495 in northern Virginia was struck by a vehicle and suffered minor injuries. Fairfax County
Police said their patrol officers responded to at least 50 vehicle crashes.

On Wednesday, the Virginia Department of Transportation said they had mobilized 115 salt trucks to parts of northern Virginia.

In the District, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser asked residents to stay off the roads that road crews could treat surfaces across the city.

Heavy snowfall is still predicted for the weekend with as much as 16 inches expected to fall in the D.C. region and around the Interstate 95 corridor. Blizzard-like conditions and power outages are expected.

Many on social media posted photos of untreated roads, accidents, stuck cars and major traffic backups.

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