Posted at: 02/21/2014 6:37 PM
Updated at: 02/22/2014 10:05 AM
By: Justin Thompson-Gee
(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Interstate 90 from Austin to Rochester was subject to fierce winds and huge snow drifts causing the highway to shut down for three hours. Storm Tracker 6 Meteorologist Justin Thompson-Gee was tracking road conditions at the time and ended up getting caught in the stoppage for two and a half hours.
It was clear blowing and drifting snow played a big part in the stoppage but no one knew just how long motorists would be there. Fast forward to two hours on the road and the situation had hardly changed.
“Interstate 90 has been closed for about two hours because of multiple semi-trucks as well as plows being stuck. This is causing many drivers to wish they never left home”, said Just in a live report.
“I just want to turn around and go the 4 miles back and go home”, said Erin Erickson who left an hour and half earlier than normal to reach work at Rochester’s Mayo Clinic.
After being stuck on the roads for just over two hours the Cavalry, consisting of a huge snow blower and a plow, gave motorists enough room to squeeze through the six foot snow drifts.
After being stuck on 90 for almost three hours, the nightmare commute was over, but road crews still have an uphill battle on rural highways over the next few days.