Biden planned to travel back to Washington, D.C., after spending the holidays in Delaware on Monday, but both his motorcade and plane were bogged down by snow, according to NBC News. Airport crews in both Delaware and Joint Base Andrews near Washington worked for more than an hour to clear runways for the president’s takeoff. At one point, Biden was prevented from deplaning for roughly half an hour after the staircase used to exit got stuck in the snow, according to NBC.
Much of Washington found itself buried in inches of snow Monday, and federal government employees were instructed not to travel to work. White House press secretary Jen Psaki also canceled her scheduled briefing at the White House.
Biden’s motorcade was reportedly forced to drive at roughly 20mph for much of the 16-mile ride from Andrews to Washington.