Drivers report run on gas ahead of blizzard

BETHESDA, Md. — Some drivers heeding the advice to fill their vehicles’ tanks before the arrival of the Blizzard of 2016 are reporting difficulties finding gasoline.

In many cases, stations run out of regular grade first. Some stations temporarily run out of gas completely.

A tanker works to replenish gas tanks at Westfield Montgomery Mall Friday morning. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)
A tanker works to replenish gas tanks at Westfield Montgomery Mall Friday morning. (WTOP/Neal Augenstein)

On Friday morning, a tanker truck refilled tanks at the Exxon station at Westfield Montgomery Mall while hand-scrawled “No Gas” signs remained taped to pumps from Thursday.

Next door, at the Shell station, one customer reported having to travel to more than one station to find gas Thursday.

With the possibility of up to 30 inches of snow, he laughed.

“I don’t know why people are filling up — they’re not going to be able to move.”

A mother and her daughter said they live in a remote area with winding roads and two-lane highways, and don’t want to be stranded in the coming days.

One driver seemed relieved to be filling up, saying he realized Thursday night he only had an eighth of a tank of gas.

“I’m OK now; I’m fine,” he said, as his car filled with gasoline.

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