Stranded: Official Response to Snowstorm Angers Commuters


Authorities up and down the East Coast have asked drivers to stay off the roads as emergency crews try to clean up snow from the blizzard.

Preparations began across the mid-Atlantic region with Washington transportation officials pretreated roads and readied 200 salt trucks, plows and other pieces of equipment.

"If you can avoid being on the road, then don't travel, if you are flying, then try to book the next flight out," said John Townsend of the American Automobile Association.

But for private snow plow drivers like Evan Flynn, the storm is a late holiday gift.

"It's white money, that's basically the best I can describe it as, the more snow that falls the more money I see," Flynn told ABC News Radio.

Don't Travel Unless Necessary

Authorities and meteorologists encouraged people to stay indoors and not to brave the storm unless there is no other choice.

"Stay inside if you can. Don't travel if it's not absolutely necessary, and be careful," National Weather Service meteorologist Kyle Struckmann said Sunday.

"The heaviest snow will be late this afternoon and this evening, probably before midnight, then it will start a general trend of improvement, but it will still be snowing most of the night," Struckmann said.

Sunday's Philadelphia Eagles-Minnesota Vikings game has been postponed until Tuesday night.

This follows the Vikings stadium roof collapse three weeks ago, and the game they were forced to play last week during a snowstorm at an outdoor college stadium.

Scripps Howard News Service in Washington, D.C., recently analyzed and mapped more than 560,000 fatal car ac.cidents across the U.S. Now you can search that information to check your holiday travel route for roads and ,pintersections that might be particularly dangerous because of drunk drivers, speeders and more.

ABC News' Max Golembo and the Associated Press contributed to this report

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