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Winter storm brings drivers to a standstill on the I-5 over the Grapevine

Posted at 7:19 PM, Mar 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 02:46:00-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — According to CHP, the I-5 freeway in both northbound and southbound directions have reopened.

On Monday evening, drivers near Castaic for Northbound drivers and Grapevine Road for those heading Southbound were stuck on the I-5 freeway for over an hour.

Caltrans crews began plowing through the snow that accumulated on the roadways during the closure.

According to the National Weather Service, over a quarter of an inch of rain which later turned into snow fell near Fort Tejon.

By 8 p.m. on Monday evening, CHP said all lanes on both Northbound and Southbound directions were open without any escorts.

CHP said they do not foresee any closures on the I-5 with this winter storm system. However, as temperatures drop in the overnight hours the possibility of black ice is a concern.