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Albany native braves KY blizzard

Mark Mitchell Mark Mitchell
Wanda Mitchell Wanda Mitchell
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Heavy snow left hundreds of drivers stranded in their cars on rural stretches of interstates in Kentucky. We face-timed with an Albany native who was stuck in the same spot for nearly 20 hours.

"This is northbound, I don't know if you can see all the way up there." Mark Mitchell was one of many drivers stranded on Interstate 65 in Kentucky. "It kind of goes on for a while. This is the southbound. There's the EMS driving and then behind us where the two lanes merge into one."

The Albany native, who now lives in Nashville, was driving to Columbus, Ohio when traffic suddenly stopped around 8:30 last night. "We've been here for about 16 hours, just sitting here."

A winter storm dumped nearly two feet of snow in parts of Kentucky. Officials say the weather combined with the hilly area forced the closure, several trailers jackknifed after being unable to negotiate the grade.

"I keep anticipating that the traffic will start back up again so I don't want to be sleeping when that happens. Pretty much I've been reading, watching Netflix, doing whatever I can to keep myself sane."

Mitchell's mom Wanda found out he was among these cars through Facebook. "I found out this morning about 9:00, my husband called and said 'Have you seen facebook this morning?' And I said 'no,' and he said, 'Mark is stuck on the interstate.'"

"I was trying not to let them know because I know how much they freaked out when my sister was stuck in Atlanta, so I wanted them to get a good night's sleep."

Mitchell's sister was stuck in Snow-jam last year in Atlanta, and now he's dealing with a wintry mess that's making national headlines. "I didn't expect this to happen because I figured these states would be better prepared for it than Atlanta was."

Mitchell rationed his gas, turning his car on for about 15 minutes every hour to warm up and charge his phone. "There have been some of the tractor trailer drivers walking up and down the highway handing out water to the people who were less prepared, because they travel with that stuff, it really helped out a lot."

After nearly 20 hours traffic began moving, and Mitchell made his next mission food and gas before continuing his road trip.



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