Sen. Tim Kaine amongst a whole lot trapped in Virginia snowstorm visitors jam

This image, provided by the Virginia Department of Transportation, shows a closed section of Interstate 95 near Fredericksburg, Virginia. Monday, January 3, 2022.

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Virginia Senator Tim Kaine is among hundreds of drivers trapped in a brutal traffic jam caused by heavy snow and icy roads for hours on a freeway outside Washington Tuesday morning.

“I started my normal 2-hour drive to DC at 1:00 pm yesterday,” Kaine tweeted at 8:27 am ET. “19 hours later, I’m still not anywhere near the Capitol.”

Still in his car at around 10 p.m. ET, Kaine tweeted, “A CT family returning from Florida in a crowded car stopped by in the middle of the night handing out oranges when we were stopped for hours on I-95.

“This was a miserable experience, but at some point I made the switch from a miserable travel experience to some kind of survival project,” Kaine said Tuesday morning in a telephone interview with Washington radio station WTOP.

The Democratic senator, who ran Hillary Clinton’s runner-up against former President Donald Trump in the 2016 election, said he intended to go back to work on Monday Continue Senate negotiations on a voting rights agreement. But more than 21 hours after leaving his home in Richmond, he has still not passed Stafford Airport, which is about 50 miles from Washington.

“I’ve never seen anything like it, I think that’s all I can say,” Kaine said.

The Virginia Department of Transportation has closed I-95, with reports of disabled vehicles and fallen trees in the Fredericksburg area, about 50 miles south of DC

“We got an estimated 20-30 trucks stuck” on the I-95 heading north, tweeted the VDOT Fredericksburg shortly before midnight.

Conditions are dangerous on other roads in Virginia as well. The VDOT warns Louisa County of “multiple unfolded semi-trailers” on US Route 522 overnight.

“We wish we had a timetable, estimated time of arrival, or an educated guess as to when we would resume travel on I-95. Several incidents have come to a standstill in our area. It’s frustrating and scary, ”tweeted VDOT Fredericksburg on Monday evening.

NBC News’s Josh Lederman, also stuck in his vehicle overnight, called the scene “pretty dystopian” in an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe Tuesday morning.

“Nobody knows how long we will stay here or how we will get out,” he reported from his car.

Other drivers stranded in traffic had to park their cars to save gas, even as temperatures dropped well below freezing overnight, Lederman said.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam tweeted Tuesday morning that “state and local emergency services continue to cut fallen trees, assist disabled vehicles, and reroute drivers.”

“An emergency message goes out to any stranded drivers they associate with assistance, and the state is working with communities to open warming shelters if necessary. While sunlight is supposed to help @VaDOT clear the street, all Virginians should continue to avoid 1-95, ”Northam tweeted.

Another reporter, Jim DeFede of CBS News, said in a video posted at 10 a.m. ET that he was stuck on I-95 near Quantico for nearly 18 hours.

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Turning large snowstorm right into a cash making alternative

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – All that white on the ground means green to some people who went to work when the snow fell. Some on a large scale, others with smaller operations.

This week there has been no shortage of snow to plow or shovel and the entrepreneurs in this community got to work.

Dominic Kline was digging job number five when we found him. It’s a day off from school but a full day of work.

“My arms hurt sometimes,” said Kline.

Aside from the pain, he digs himself in to make some money. Something he’s done several times now.

“I found a shovel on the side of the road and decided to find a place to shovel over the winter so I could make some money and help people,” Kline said.

Justyce Luna and Bomyea’s grass and snow removal teams held on to the truck to remove snow from a shopping mall parking lot on Monroe Street. They weren’t sure we’d get the big storm, but we got one for the record books.

“Oh yeah, it always feels good to make money,” Luna said.

The same plan for Randy Burns and his team that has been unavailable since Monday night.

“It’s a bit too busy,” said Burns.

There was a lot to do with Burns and his team working on several large properties across the region.

“It’s too much. I don’t know how much we got, but there’s about a foot in the parking lots,” said Burns.

Tyasia Allen did some of her best work on the sidewalk outside her Toledo home and found the fun in it.

“It’s like a little family bond,” said Allen.

But did it make her some money from mom?

“I’ll give her about $ 10. We’re just having a little fun, ”said Latoya Crittenden, Allen’s mother.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t just about the money. Davonta McQuin did it for free, digging through the snowpack for a very simple reason.

“Because I thought it was fun. I just wanted to shovel, ”said McQuin.

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