Snow causes 150+ accidents, traffic nightmare in DC area

Wednesday night's snow caused dangerous driving conditions.

About an inch of snow Wednesday night caused nightmare traffic conditions across the D.C. area, leaving countless drivers stuck behind the wheel for hours.  

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More than 150 traffic accidents were reported in Virginia during this snowfall, which will seem small ahead of this weekend's potentially historic storm.

As of 9:30 p.m., Virginia State Police troopers were investigating 125 traffic crashes statewide. At 8 p.m., there were 163 traffic crashes being investigated. Most of the crashes only involved damage to vehicles, however there was one fatality. Fairfax County police say they've responded to more than 50 accidents, plus various hazard or stuck vehicle calls. 

Officials urged drivers to stay off the road. Meanwhile, Uber surged as high as four times its normal pricing in the area.

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Numerous people tweeted at WUSA9 that their commutes were significantly longer than normal, in many cases by more than an hour, because of the snow. 

In a statement Wednesday, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser told District residents to avoid the roads. The District Department of Transportation says pre-treatment started at 4 p.m. and 150 trucks are expected to be out on the roads by midnight.  

Forecasts had called for about an inch to fall in the D.C. area on Wednesday night.

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