BAKERSFIELD, CA. — Update: The California Highway Patrol has confirmed the Grapevine is back open.
Update: The California Highway Patrol has confirmed the are preparing to escort vehicles trapped on the Grapevine.
According to CHP officials, units are getting into place to begin traffic escorts, more than 30 hours after severe storms stranded holiday travelers.
CHP units are getting in position for escorting traffic for both north and southbound traffic.#Grapevine— CHP Fort Tejon (@CHPFortTejon) December 27, 2019
Officials have also started moving traffic along Highway 58.
According to a tweet from CHP, Highway 58 is now open and they are escorting traffic.
CHP is also reporting that westbound lanes of Highway 178 are open. There are still chain control restrictions on the road, so have chains in your vehicles if you take this route over the mountain.
Multiple major highways and roadways in Kern County remain closed due to black ice and unsafe travel conditions Friday morning.
I-5 from Fort Tejon to Castaic has been closed for more 30 hours following a major winter storm that brought heavy snow. According to CHP and Caltrans, snow has been removed from the roadways, but there is still a large portion of black ice.
Highway 58 from Towerline Road to Exit 165 near Mojave was closed down in both directions again late Thursday night due to black ice and reports of multiple spin outs.
Caltrans crews are still clearing vehicles from State Route 58 over the Tehachapi Mountains and the road remains closed in both directions.— Caltrans District 9 (@Caltrans9) December 27, 2019
According to Caltrans, westbound lanes on Highway 178 are closed from Chimney Peak Road to the junction with CA-14. CA-14 from Redrock Randsburg Road to Jawbone Canyon Road also remains closed due to unsafe driving conditions.
TRAFFIC ADVISORY: State Route 178 West is closed from Chimney Peak Road to the junction with State Route 14. pic.twitter.com/r5cduLbmdA— Caltrans District 9 (@Caltrans9) December 27, 2019
Officials do not have an exact time for when roadways will reopen.
The only alternate route from Southern California to Central California at this time is Highway 101 to Highway 46, however you should expect traffic delays.