Drivers Stuck for Hours After Snowstorm Creates ‘Horrendous' Conditions

The message to anyone thinking about driving: "hunker down"

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Drivers are stuck, stranded and getting into crashes across the D.C. region Monday after a major storm dumped inches of snow, and authorities are urging people to not get on the roads.

The Beltway Outer Loop approaching the Woodrow Wilson Bridge was clogged with cars unable to make it up the incline to MD-210 starting about 10 a.m. As of about 6:30 p.m., traffic was slowly moving on the bridge.

"It is bumper-to-bumper. It's three lanes here. People are making it four," one woman told News4 by phone in the afternoon when she was stuck in the traffic on her way home to Oxon Hill, Maryland. It took her more than three hours to get home.

In Stafford County, Virginia, all southbound lanes of I-95 have been shut down for hours at mile marker 136 near Centreport Parkway after a crash involving six tractor-trailers. Northbound and southbound lanes remained at a standstill at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Some drivers were stuck for more than 15 hours as of Tuesday morning.

Video from Chopper4 shows several jack-knifed trucks and vehicles littered on the roadway as a line of traffic tries to slowly weave past them.

The crash happened before noon, and there were a few minor crashes along the same treacherous stretch of I-95. No injuries have been reported, Virginia State Police said.

Troopers, wreckers, and VDOT crews continue to work as quickly as the weather and roads will safely permit to get stuck vehicles cleared and traffic moving again on I-95, authorities said.

Hundreds more drivers were stuck on eastbound Route 50 at I-97 when a tractor trailer jack-knifed. Salt trucks were trapped in the traffic.

On westbound US-50, cars sat in the snow at Lottsford Vista Road in Mitchellville, Maryland.

Two delivery drivers in Prince George's County told News4 they had to end their shifts early due to the dangerous road conditions.

News4's Paul Wagner spoke to two delivery drivers who said they had to stop their day short because of the bad conditions on the roads.

Authorities reported hundreds of crashes on numerous roads, including on Ashton Road in Montgomery County where this truck and SUV collided.

Virginia State Police reported nearly 560 crashes and nearly as many disabled or stuck vehicles.

The storm left its mark on D.C., too, downing trees and slowing traffic — including President Biden's motorcade — to a crawl.

Stay with News4 for updates to this developing story.

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