THE PLAINS, Va. (WUSA9) -- By mid-morning on Wednesday, I-66 looked like the old Chisholm Trail. There were only a couple of ruts in the snow headed west.
The miserable conditions quickly took a toll. A tractor trailer jackknifed onto a guardrail on I-66 westbound at The Plains in Virginia and a ruptured fuel tank brought a hazmat response. No one was injured in the crash, say Virginia State Police. The accident closed the highway but it was reopened at 12:15 p.m.
Virginia State Police say from 5 a.m. to about 9 a.m., they received calls for approximately a dozen crashes in the eastbound and westbound lanes of I-66 in Fauquier County.
One driver told us he lost control of his car as he was traveling between 35 and 45 mph near Marshall on Wednesday. His car slid off the road into the snow. He wasn't happy but acknowledged that his situation could have been much worse.
There was also aggravation on Linden Mountain. Hundreds of drivers were stuck in the eastbound lanes when a pair of trucks skidded and blocked the road.
A mile west towards Front Royal, people were shoveling their car out of a snowbank.
Later in the day, it appeared that plows were winning the snow battle, and spring was several hours closer.