Good forecast, but bad commute on Wednesday

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- We in the First Alert Weather Center knew that Wednesday morning commute could be messy.

However Wednesday morning's minor snowfall caused major traffic headaches for D.C. area commuters. AAA of the Mid-Atlantic says that the treacherous morning mess was about timing.

Since the heaviest snow coincided with rush hour, the commute was long and arduous, especially for those drivers who have to brave the Beltway. It was an accurate forecast all-around, and yet, we still had big problems, making it look like this snowfall was unexpected.

All around the country, this winter has been filled with similar stories. Two weeks ago, New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio caught the heat after a foot snow fell and he decided to keep public schools open. He blamed the forecast, and meteorologists pushed back.

It only took one inch of snow to bring the Atlanta area to a standstill. Drivers abandoned their cars, kids were stranded at their schools. Once again, meteorologists got thrown under the bus, despite an accurate forecast.


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