January 09 2020 0Comment

VIDEO: Tumbleweeds bury vehicles, close Washington highway for 10 hours

An SUV is covered during windstorm that caused tumbleweeds to invade Washington highway on New Year’s Eve. Photo credit: Washington DOT East District

Snowplows hit the road Dec. 31, 2019 in eastern Washington to tackle an unusual weather attack – tumbleweeds.

The rolling balls of dried-up vegetation began barreling over cars and trucks on SR 240 near Richland on New Year’s Eve. The highway was closed for 10 hours through the night as Washington State Department of Transportation snowplows and workers cleared the road and uncovered several buried vehicles, including tractor trailers.

Watch DOT workers uncover the abandoned vehicle is in this video posted by Washington State Patrol District 3’s Twitter feed:

Photo credit: WSDOT East District

No injuries were reported. However, the DOT tweeted that at one point the tumbleweeds nearly swallowed a snowplow.

A WSDOT snowplow operator goes after tumbleweeds. Photo credit: Washington State Patrol District 3

The situation was unusual enough to gain the nickname Tumblegeddon.

The final vehicle, an abandoned car, was discovered at daylight and uncovered by DOT workers around 4:30 a.m., according to the Washington State Patrol District 3, which also assisted in clearing the road.