A prominent meteorologist has criticized Virginia officials for not heeding warnings about the severe snowstorm that ravaged the region Monday, creating a disaster for travelers.
Heavy snowfall on Monday brought down trees and caused hazardous conditions for travelers in Virginia, leading to an overnight log jam that trapped some drivers – including U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va. – in their vehicles for hours on Interstate 95 and stranded an Amtrak train on tracks outside Lynchburg.
Outgoing Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, the outgoing Virginia Governor, insists that his administration did not do anything wrong and describes the incident as “incredibly unusual” that has caused “frustration & fear.”
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Northam stated that warnings were issued and people should pay attention to them. The Washington Post needs to see fewer people on the roads when storms hit.
But Accuweather’s chief meteorologist Jonathan Porter insisted that his team had clearly predicted six to 10 inches of snowfall for the Washington, D.C., region. On Sunday night, a snowstorm was predicted. Monday morning’s forecast included another warning about “rapidly worsening circumstances”.
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Porter stated that Virginia Department of Transportation could have done more for motorists who were left stranded by the storm, including closing roads if officials weren’t prepared.
Porter said to The Hill, “Red alarm bells started going off.” “This disaster was totally preventable, completely preventable. We make accurate forecasts, so people can make better choices.”
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He said, “Quite honestly, the fear so much people felt could’ve been avoided if there were more proactive responses.” “This is an opportunity for creative solution generation.”
Marcie Parker, a Virginia DOT engineer said that snow fell at a rate as high as two inches per hour. This was “entirely excessive for us to keep pace with.”
Despite the traffic nightmare, state police said they’d received no reports of deaths, injuries, or major accidents on the affected stretch of the I-95 as of 4:45 p.m. ET Tuesday. Around 5 p.m., police stated that traffic was clearing out slowly but steadily.
Cortney O’Brien from Fox News contributed to this report.
Source: Fox News