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A massive snowstorm hit northern Virginia resulting in thousands of drivers being stranded on I-95 for many hours overnight, some abandoning their cars for shelter as liberals mistakenly blamed newly-elected incoming Republican Governor Glenn Youngkin for the disaster.
“I try not to tweet about daily inconveniences, but this experience has been insane. For the last 7+ hours, I’ve been stuck in my car, not moving, in a total shutdown of I-95 northbound about 30 miles south of DC. (1),” tweeted NBC reporter Josh Lederman, who did not blame Youngkin, but provided a detailed account of the nightmarish ordeal.
Thousands of drivers were reportedly stranded overnight into Tuesday morning. Some spent as much 20 to 27 hours in their cars. An estimated 20 to 30 trucks were stuck on I-95 northbound near the Thornburg exit, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation which claimed towing crews were on the scene. The standstill came after a crash involving six tractor-trailers occurred on the interstate.
Twitter allowed Youngkin’s name to trend on the platform as the left enthusiastically accused him of shirking his duty though he won’t even take office until January 15th. The blame for the disaster lies squarely with the Democratic sitting governor, Ralph Northam, who reportedly refused to take questions about it and was AWOL concerning the trapped drivers.
I try not to tweet about daily inconveniences, but this experience has been insane.
For the last 7+ hours, I've been stuck in my car, not moving, in a total shutdown of I-95 northbound about 30 miles south of DC. (1)
— Josh Lederman (@JoshNBCNews) January 4, 2022
Around the 5-hour mark, it felt like it shifted from really inconvenient to a little scary.
Folks started turning their cars off, conserving gas, while we wait. It’s 27 degrees outside.
There is no way for medical or emergency personnel to reach people stuck in this. (5)
— Josh Lederman (@JoshNBCNews) January 4, 2022
Lederman said traffic finally started to crawl after an 11-hour standstill but only northbound. Southbound lanes were still reportedly stopped for ‘miles’ according to Lederman. Many leftists commented on Lederman’s plight and the horrendous situation by blaming Gov-elect Youngkin.
Youngkin is Gov Elect. Ralph Northam is the current governor for a few more days.
— Jummy Olabanji (@JummyNBC) January 4, 2022
Apparently, the Youngkin memo didn’t get out and leftists were allowed to falsely blame the incoming Republican governor for hours while Twitter allowed it.
— Ryan (@needmorestonks) January 4, 2022
@GlennYoungkin Virginia governor are you safe and warm?
I95 has been a parking lot since 3 yesterday afternoon
This is a glimpse of the Governor Virginia elected
— Lisa (@rexrode1967) January 4, 2022
— rufus (@rufus10060077) January 4, 2022
So, where’s Republican Gov Youngkin in this I-95 mega-disaster???? 48 mile shutdown for hours & hours in VA & he’s nowhere to be found. This never happened under Dem Gov Northam—or any other Gov for that matter!!!!! Shame!
— Scott D. Rhodes (@ScottdrhodesD) January 4, 2022
I’m not sure what he can do but volunteer with his own truck and some coffee or something. He’s sworn in next week. He could put pressure on Northam.
— Mary Katharine Ham (@mkhammer) January 4, 2022
There's a shocking number of Libs pretending that Youngkin is the governor of VA.
He won't be until January 15th.
Democratic Klan fan Northam is the governor of VA. https://t.co/5dYWrAkan5
— Andrew Follett (@AndrewCFollett) January 4, 2022
Vitriolic tweets like the one below soon began to vanish off Twitter as leftists were made to eat crow:
“Some callers were sobbing and scared,” Dave Dildine, who is a traffic reporter for WTOP, stated. “Psychologically it is extremely distressing to be motionless on a highway for hours on end without knowing how much longer it will last.”
Democratic Senator Tim Kaine is among those trapped on the interstate.
I started my normal 2 hour drive to DC at 1pm yesterday. 19 hours later, I’m still not near the Capitol. My office is in touch with @VaDOT to see how we can help other Virginians in this situation. Please stay safe everyone. pic.twitter.com/Sz1b1hZJZ5
— Tim Kaine (@timkaine) January 4, 2022
As much as 11.5 inches of snow fell in the D.C. suburb of Capitol Heights, Maryland, and 10 inches in Rose Hill, Virginia by the time the storm was done Monday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures plummeted to the teens overnight. More than 400,000 customers in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast are without power.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Emily Clementson, who is a truck driver, told NBC Washington.
Reports said that as of 5 a.m. on Tuesday, the southbound lanes of the interstate near mile marker 136 remained at a standstill.
I-95 remains closed in the Fredericksburg area. Snow plows & tow trucks are on the scene. Motorists should plan to avoid travel on I-95 in this area until lanes reopen and significant congestion clears the area. pic.twitter.com/atCkun7zId
— VDOT (@VaDOT) January 4, 2022
Thousands of accidents and stranded vehicles were reported throughout central and northern Virginia during the storm. As of 3:30 p.m. Monday, Virginia State Police said troopers had responded to more than 2,000 calls for help due to treacherous road conditions.
The Virginia Department of Transportation is assuring everyone that work is being done to get them moving again.
“We wish we had a timetable, ETA or an educated guess on when travel will resume on I-95. It’s at a standstill in our area with multiple incidents,” they tweeted. “Its frustrating & scary. Please know our crews don’t stop. Crews will work 24/7 until ALL state-maintained roads are safe for travel.”
Governor Northam finally popped his head up and sent out tweets Tuesday morning trying to do damage control.
“My team has been working throughout the night alongside @VSPPIO, @VaDOT, and @VDEM to respond to the situation on I-95,” he tweeted.
“An emergency message is going to all stranded drivers connecting them to support, and the state is working with localities to open warming shelters as needed. While sunlight is expected to help @VaDOT clear the road, all Virginians should continue to avoid 1-95,” the governor added.
An emergency message is going to all stranded drivers connecting them to support, and the state is working with localities to open warming shelters as needed.
While sunlight is expected to help @VaDOT clear the road, all Virginians should continue to avoid 1-95.
— Governor Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) January 4, 2022
State and local emergency personnel are continuing on Tuesday to clear downed trees, assist disabled vehicles, and re-route drivers.
The situation was viewed by drivers and observers as totally unacceptable:
Total disaster on I-95 in VA. @VaDOT says the road is closed between Dumfries Road and Ruther Glen. 48 MILE CLOSURE! DO NOT GET ON 95! Drivers begging Gov. Northam to declare a state of emergency so that National Guard troops can assist. @nbcwashington @RalphNortham pic.twitter.com/ofdv2LRKMK
— First4Traffic (@First4Traffic) January 4, 2022
Good morning from I95 in Virginia where I have been trapped in my car for more than 20 hours.
I’m not sure but I think I now qualify for Virginia residency. pic.twitter.com/yQsD4znPRG
— Jim DeFede (@DeFede) January 4, 2022
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is AWOL. Thousands of motorists have been trapped on Interstate 95 for more than 16 hours. He refuses to address reporters. Why hasn't he called out the National Guard? This is what happens when you put Democrats in charge of our state.
— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) January 4, 2022
Va. Gov Northam watching people blame Glenn Youngkin for the I-95 backup: pic.twitter.com/sRIJmdGi7G
— Doug Powers (@ThePowersThatBe) January 4, 2022
People stuck for 12 hrs in 20 degree temperatures is unacceptable. Forecast was as accurate as it gets 12 hrs before it started. If I-95 in Virginia doesn’t have the plow/salt capabilities for 8-14” of snow it should have been preemptively closed. @JoshNBCNews https://t.co/5BUItfM5vk
— Bill Karins (@BillKarins) January 4, 2022
Skyfox just now over some of the hundreds of motorists who have been stuck on I-95 in Virginia since yesterday afternoon pic.twitter.com/xorYW0sUbx
— Steve Chenevey FOX5 (@stevechenevey) January 4, 2022
— ace ventura (@acil_625) January 4, 2022
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