Prospects of winter weather are not an everyday occurrence in Southern California, but the state does get snow, and we’ve had some in our area from time to time. According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and the National Weather Service, winter weather may have affected the driving conditions on the 5 Freeway in Grapevine on Monday.
According to the story appearing on the CBS Los Angeles website, the portion of the 5 Freeway around the Grapevine in Castaic was closed for both northbound and southbound traffic. The shutdown of the highway lasted or a couple of hours.
According to officials said that the highway reopened at approximately 9:48 P.M. PST on Monday night. After the road was opened, however, motorists were advised to drive carefully and be on the lookout for black ice and other slippery spots on the freeway.
Fortunately, there were no serious accidents that were reported.
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Fort Tejon Office of the California Highway Patrol sent out a Tweet about road conditions. The office warned that the roadway could be shut down again because of hazardous road conditions. The roadway shutdown will likely happen again if more snowy weather moves back into the area during the rest of the week.
The Washington Post reported on Tuesday, March 17th, that snowfall in the Sierra Nevada’s reached as much as 70 inches. The temperature dropped further as blustering winds of more than 100 miles per hour in some areas caused the complete closure of Interstate 80.