Virginia officials defend response to snowy gridlock on I-95

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Posted at 9:26 AM, Jan 05, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-05 09:26:00-05

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia officials are defending their response to the snowy gridlock that resulted on Interstate 95 after a winter storm dumped nearly 11 inches of snow.

Officials noted the storm that started as rain, meaning roads couldn’t be pretreated. It was followed by an unusually heavy snowfall and plunging temperatures.

That created poor conditions that resulted in the stranding of hundreds of motorists overnight Monday into Tuesday along a stretch of one of the nation’s biggest interstate highways.

Many motorists sent out pleas for help on social media and criticized the response from Gov. Ralph Northam's administration.

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