It started with snow then moved to rain, and all of Mother Nature caused major backups all around the county.
“This is the first event,” said Major Michael Fulharty, Maryland State Police. “It is always the biggest shock to anybody anytime it happens.”
Between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m., Troopers from the Maryland State Police responded to 323 crashes, helped 163 disable vehicles and handled 715 calls around the state.
Some crashes that law enforcement officials responded to include a dump truck crash on I-70 Eastbound at Route 180 and a tractor trailer that went over an embankment on US Route 340 South of the Leesburg split.
“The roads became covered quickly. That causes traffic to obviously slow down. Accidents happen. When accidents happen, it bottle necks the traffics and then we have road closures,” said Major Fulharty.
According to our WDVM weather team, the snow started around 7:30 a.m. and spread into the region from south to north through the county.
“This is hopefully preparing people now,” said Major Fulharty.
More than 800 state highway crews were on hand to help clear the roadway.