(PresidentialWire.com)- It snowed last Monday in Washington DC and Mayor Muriel Bowser had to declare a “Snow Emergency.”
The entire DC metro area was paralyzed by six inches of snow that fell overnight. Perhaps if Mayor Muriel Bowser spent less time painting Black Lives Matter on the streets and more time preparing for snow removal, six inches of snow wouldn’t bring the nation’s capital to a standstill.
It isn’t as if snow has never hit DC before. In 2019, the city was slammed with a snowstorm that dumped over a foot of snow on the ground.
But DC and the entire region were caught flat-footed by last week’s snowstorm.
Though to be fair, in that region of the country, snowstorms are so rare, every time they happen, they’re caught flat-footed. Back in 2016, DC was hammered by a storm that dumped a foot-and-a-half of snow on the city.
Monday’s storm left more than 380,000 people in the region without power, flights were canceled, and Virginia State Police reported 313 vehicle crashes by mid-morning Monday.
And things only got worse on Monday afternoon.
Hundreds of drivers, including Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, were stranded overnight on a 50-mile stretch of Interstate 95 in Virginia. Both directions of the highway came to a standstill Monday afternoon when multiple tractor-trailers jackknifed blocking the highway and leading to miles of stranded drivers.
Senator Kaine tweeted Tuesday morning that he left for DC Monday afternoon at around one and 19 hours later, he was still stuck on the highway.
Due to rain, the Virginia DOT was unable to pre-treat the roads before the storm hit to prevent ice. The rain quickly turned to slush and when the temperatures dropped, the slush froze.
Outgoing Virginia Governor Ralph Northam said the people who got stuck overnight on I-95 must have been out-of-town drivers who did not hear the Virginia DOT’s warnings to stay off the roads during the storm.
With the “Snow Emergency” in DC, COVID testing centers and schools were forced to close. By Monday evening, Mayor Bowser asked DC residents to remain off the roads so the city could plow the streets.
President Biden was also caught unawares. He returned from his latest trip to Delaware in the middle of the snowstorm. According to CBS News Radio reporter Steven Portnoy, President Biden’s motorcade took over an hour to travel the 14 miles between Joint Base Andrews and the White House.