A single inch of snow was enough to paralyze Washington, D.C., Wednesday evening, causing massive traffic delays throughout the region.
The light snow led to icy road conditions that morphed the evening drive home into an absolute nightmare for many commuters.
So if this happens after an inch... what will 12-24 look like? Be safe out there. #fox5dc #dctraffic #dcsnow https://t.co/7rSsg5OWRZ— FOX 5 DC (@FOX 5 DC)1453336828.0
The D.C. Mayor's Office discouraged residents from traveling on the roads and asked those who "must travel this evening" to "use extreme caution as temperatures and precipitation will create hazardous conditions."
Frustrated drivers shared images of the traffic delays to Twitter.
"So this is not a usual commute from work to home," one person wrote.
Yep, #Arlington roads are in GREAT shape... Clarendon Blvd - count the wrecks in this pic #snow #DC #VA https://t.co/DYrkcyFJbF— Steve Chenevey FOX5 (@Steve Chenevey FOX5)1453342247.0
@fox5dc @suepalkafox5dc - traffic here in Arlington / Ballston waiting to get onto I 66 W. Backed up https://t.co/Z7IFmZJVjr— Chad (@Chad)1453339019.0
Did @DCDPW treat roads tonight? Traffic backed up on RI ave from Logan to Eckington - cars slipping https://t.co/d6fPxnrUBg— Matt Ackland (@Matt Ackland)1453337106.0
The Virginia State Police reported 163 traffic accidents, according to WTTG-TV.
The D.C. region is bracing for a possible blizzard expected to hit the area later this week.
A source told WTTG reporter Emily Miller that D.C. had zero salt trucks on the road as the storm hit.
Source - DC has zero salt trucks on roads for this ice. There's no salt on the 11th and 14th street bridges. What's up @DCDPW @MayorBowser ?— Emily Miller (@Emily Miller)1453339612.0
The mayor was expected to address the situation at a Thursday morning press conference.
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