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UPDATE: I-5 closed again through Grapevine

Updates with closure around 4:30 p.m.

Posted: January 10, 2013 9:33 a.m.
Updated: January 10, 2013 4:56 p.m.

For the second time today, the California Highway Patrol has closed Interstate 5 over the Grapevine due to snowy and icy conditions, an official confirmed.

The decision to close the freeway came around 3:50 p.m., said Officer Brent Townsend with the CHP’s Fort Tejon station.

Townsend said the freeway will be closed for at least the next few hours due to a series of accidents and spinouts on the road. Townsend also said there were dozens of vehicles that were stuck along the road.

“From my window here I can see about 20 big rigs stuck in the snow,” Townsend said at 4:30 p.m. from the CHP’s station in Lebec.

Townsend said snow was continuing to fall in the area, and another CHP officer reported snow on Templin Highway shortly before 5 p.m.

It is necessary to clear any stuck or incapacitated vehicles before crews can work to clear snow and ice off the road, Townsend said.

The same stretch of I-5 was closed in both directions around 8 a.m. today due to icy conditions and reports of several collisions there, CHP Officer Monica Posada said earlier. The freeway was reopened for escorts only around 9:35 a.m. and reopened completely shortly before 10 a.m. after snow plows cleared the area.

Adverse weather conditions will continue tonight and into tomorrow morning. The National Weather Service is projecting the snow level could drop as low as 2,000 feet.

This means heavily traveled areas, such as mountain stretches of Highway 14 and I-5, could see brief snow flurries leading to hazardous road conditions.

The National Weather Service has issued similar warnings for Highway 138.

The storm is expected to move through the Grapevine Friday morning and could drop an inch or two of snow in the area.

In addition to cold weather and potential snowfall, the Santa Clarita Valley is also under a high wind warning that will continue into Friday.

The National Weather Service projected damaging wind gusts of up to 60 mph Thursday night. The breezy conditions are forecast to last into Friday, with gusts between 30 and 50 mph.
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