[rebelmouse-proxy-image https://media.rbl.ms/image?u=%2FeyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yODczNzE1NC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY4NDYzNzcxNH0.NdxQKPUwa7k3Njnc1FSDl6dh211DLB9sElktfAscPHw%2Fimg.jpg%3Fwidth%3D980\u0026ho=https%3A%2F%2Fassets.rebelmouse.io\u0026s=813\u0026h=15f9ed5c6a34d14c40b789ab2fe4cc12e24fa6ab780d399f74d6ccbae2bba1c2\u0026size=980x\u0026c=925595236 crop_info="%7B%22image%22%3A%20%22https%3A//media.rbl.ms/image%3Fu%3D%252FeyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yODczNzE1NC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY4NDYzNzcxNH0.NdxQKPUwa7k3Njnc1FSDl6dh211DLB9sElktfAscPHw%252Fimg.jpg%253Fwidth%253D980%26ho%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Fassets.rebelmouse.io%26s%3D813%26h%3D15f9ed5c6a34d14c40b789ab2fe4cc12e24fa6ab780d399f74d6ccbae2bba1c2%26size%3D980x%26c%3D925595236%22%7D" expand=1]Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) blamed motorists for getting stuck overnight Monday in freezing temperatures on a gridlocked Interstate 95 as they were running out of food and fuel."We gave warnings, and people need to pay attention to these warnings, and the less people that are on the highways when these storms hit, the better," Northam told the Washington Post.\u201cI feel for these people that are stranded but just want to let them know we\u2019re doing everything we can to get to them in a very challenging situation," the outgoing governor added to the paper.Oh, yeah?But the Post spoke to motorists who asserted it wasn't their fault that Virginia officials didn't plan ahead.Ronni Schorr told the paper that state agencies were \u201cnot at all\u201d ready for the extended traffic jam and that she didn't see snow plows until Tuesday morning. Schorr added to the Post that she was stuck for 14 hours after a plow cleared an exit ramp on the other side of the highway.\u201cI\u2019m not angry at the snow,\u201d Schorr also told the paper. \u201cI\u2019m just upset at the way they handled it.\u201d [youtube https://www.youtube.com/embed/9J3l6-bTcu8?rel=0 expand=1]What it was like to be stuck in the I-95 traffic jamyoutu.beShe added to the Post that the most frustrating thing was not getting a push alert on her phone until Tuesday morning: \u201cIn a world today when everybody\u2019s got their cellphones with them, there was no information, there was nothing. If they were able to send an alert out this morning, why couldn\u2019t they do that yesterday?\u201dVirginia state Sen. David W. Marsden (D) \u2014 who chairs the state Senate\u2019s Transportation Committee \u2014 told the paper a \u201cperfect storm\u201d hampered a transportation department that's \u201cone of the best-run in the country.\u201dMarsden added to the Post that the storm began with rain, which made it impossible to pretreat roads before colder weather brought sleet and then snow.\u201cIt was a catastrophe for people,\u201d he added to the paper. \u201cOur road guys are first-rate, and I\u2019ve never heard of anything quite like this occurring in Virginia.\u201dHowever, Stafford County Board Chair Crystal Vanuch (R) told the Post that VDOT and state officials made \u201cmistake after mistake\u201d and should have declared a state of emergency.\u201cIt seems like they weren\u2019t taking it seriously,\u201d Vanuch added to the paper. \u201cIt seems like they didn\u2019t think it was the emergency that it was.\u201dHow did others react to Northam?It appears the governor didn't receive a lot of support for pointing fingers at the stranded motorists: Northam is victim blaming his constituents for driving on I-95? Ridiculous. Thank goodness he\\u2019s gone in 10 days.https://twitter.com/charliespiering/status/1478725646616600576\\u00a0\\u2026 \u2014 Gabriella Hoffman (@Gabriella Hoffman) 1641391401 Others couldn't have agreed more:"So your excuse is that rain prevented the VA DOT from pre-treating. Ok makes sense. But here\u2019s the thing, NY and the NE 95 corridor have rain to snow and yet [our] DOTs can manage?" one Twitter user asked. "This sounds more like incompetent leadership in VA.""Could have been done way sooner to prevent a lot of pain and suffering if you had called for help from the National Guard who you yourself said was standing by and ready," another commenter noted. "Why not utilize them and cut all this in half? BTW my street is now on hour 20 of no power/heat. Great work""Good ol' Ralph had to screw Virginians over one last time before he left," another user said."You really dropped the ball on this one! I guess this happens when you have one foot inside the door and one foot outside the door. Seems like you didn\u2019t care if all these people were stranded for such a long time on I-95. I bet a lot of Virginians are counting the days!" another commenter said."You failed, Governor. This is what you\u2019ll be remembered for. The beginning and the end is what people remember the most. THAT part you should care about," another user declared. "Clearly you don\u2019t care about the people who were stuck in this terrible situation. Shame on you for how you handled this."Anything else?Hilariously, some presumably left-of-center folks said the traffic debacle actually was the fault of Glenn Youngkin, a Republican who was elected Virginia governor in November.But given that Northam's still in charge \u2014 Youngkin will take office Jan. 15 \u2014 the blame-Youngkin crowd got a dose of truth soon enough.